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MINUTES 



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FIRST ANNUAL SESSION 



ecklenburg and labarrus 



BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



HELD WITH THE 



Cold Water Ghurch. Cabarrus Co., N. C, 

October 14, 15, 16, 1886. 



Compiled by J. M. McCURDY. 



CHARLOTTE, N. C. 

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E. C. Williams, Moderator . Matthews, N. C. 

J. M. McCuRDY, Clerk Flows, N. C. 

E. H. HiNSON, Arlington, N. C. 



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A. G. McManaway, G. T. Raymond, with the Officers of 
THE Association. 



R. H. James Clear Creek 

J. M. McCuRDY Flow's Store 

A. C. Davis Concord 

E. C. Williams Matthews 

D. T. Powell Concord 

A. G. McManaway Charlotte 

G. T. Raymond . . , Charlotte 

B. H. Carter Albermarle 



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B. F. Hargett Mt. Pleasant 

Jas. Brown Charlotte 



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PROCEEDINGS. 



Cold Water Baptist Church, Cabarrus Co., N. C. 

October 14th, 1886. 

The delegates, composing the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Asso- 
ciation, met in their First Annual Session at 11 o'clock, a. m. 

Elder E. C. Williams read the 15th chap, of ist Cor. Prayer by 
Elder McManaway, of Charlotte. 

Hymn — "I Love Thy Kingdom Lord." 

Elder E. C. Williams preached the Introductory Sermon from 
ist Cor. 15th chap. 58 v. 

Prayer by Elder James. 

Recess of one hour, and the delegates were then invited to a long 
table, well furnished with a splendid dinner. 

afternoon, I o'clock. 

The Moderator read the i6th Psalm. 

Hymn — "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name." 

Prayer — Elder Powell leading. 

Elder E. C. Williams being Moderator, proceeded at once to or- 
ganize, by appointing Breth. R. H. James and D. T. Powell read- 
ing clerks. 

Church letters were called for, read and names of the delegates 
recorded in the following order : 

Clear Creek— R. H. James, W. J. Cook, J. T. McManus. 

Arlington— E. H. Hinson, B. F. Hargett. 

Chaney's Hill— W. T. Talbert, M. W. Sutton, J. S. Kiser. 

Hopewell — W. R. Small, Levi Johnson, J. T. McGraw. 

Howell— J. M. McCurdy, M. L. Litde, J. C. Hartsell. 

Cold Water— A. C. Davis, W. J. Brafford, J. C. Stogner. 

Wilson's Grove — E. C. Williams, J. B. Mules, C. B. Maxwell. 

Prospect — E. W. Carter, W. A. Marks, S. E. Greely. 

Independent Hill — A. N. Hinson, S. J. Hawkins, J. C. Black. 

Charlotte — A. G. McManaway. 

Oak Grove— D. T. Powell, A. Hill, Rufus Hill. 

The Association elected the following officers : Elder E. C. 
WiUiams, Moderator; J. M. McCurdy, Clerk; E. H. Hinson, 
Treasi^i'er. 

Churches wishing to unite with the Association were called for, 
ana by presentation the following churches were received : Char- 
lotte and Independent Hill, churches of the South Yadkin Asso- 
ciation; Oak Grove, a new church, and Prospect of the R. R. A. 

Corresponding messengers were called for, and Brother R. P. 
Pope came forward, as a visitor of the Union Association. The 
Association gave him a cordial welcome. 



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Bro. A. C. Davis and the deacons of church were appointed on 
Rehgious Exercises. 

R. H. James, E. H. Hinson and W. T. Talbert were appointed 
a committee on Finance. 

On Request and Queries, Breth. D. T. Powell, M. W. Sutton 
and A. C. Davis; and on Church Letters, Breth. B. H. Hargett, 
W. R. Small and J. T. McManus. 

Bro. R. H. James was appointed a standing committee on Obit- 
uaries, and all are requested to correspond with him on obituaries. 

Bro. A. G. McManaway, a committee on Order of Business, re- 
ported as follows : That the Association meet at 9}^ a. m., ad- 
journ at 125-2 p- m., meet at ij^ p. m., and adjourn at will. 

The committee on the A^arious reports were requested to make 
their report when ready, on Foreign Missions, Home Missions, 
State Missions, Baptist Orphanage, and Education; and that the 
Moderator intersperse the business with Devotional Exercises and 
miscellaneous business at his pleasure. 

The above report was received and adopted. 

A motion to adjourn prevailed. 

Prayer by Bro. McManaway. Benediction by the Moderator. 

NIGHT SERVICES. 

Rev. A. G. McManaway preached a very interesting sermon on 
the Earthquake from the 104th Psalm, 32nd v. 

SECOND DAY. 

October 15, 1886. 

The Association was opened by reading 4th Chap of Thes. 
Hymn, "I am not ashamed to own my Lord." Prayer, by Bro. 
Bo.stic, of Concord. 

The Clerk was authorized to abridge the minutes. Corresponding 
messengers were called for, and Elder E. L. Davis of Union Asso., 
and Bro. Bostic of Concord, came forward. 

The rules of order were read. 

Bro. McManaway read a Statistical Report from the Home Mission 
Board. Alter being discussed, the lollowing pledges were made 
by each church, and the following Breth. and Sisters of the various 
churches, to make collections : 

CHURCHES. names. ' AMOUNT. 

Clear Creek ...... J. F. McManus $ 5 00 

Arlington ....... E. H. Hinson ........ 5 00 

Chaneys Hill M. W. Sutton 5 00 

Hopewell Sister A. Dove 5 00 

Howell J. R. McCurdy ...... 

Cold Water Mrs. M. J. Smith 

Wilson's Grove . . . . C. B. Maxwell 

Prospect . . . . . . . . S. Sanders 

India Hill H. D. Blackman 

Charlotte Sister R. E. Young 

Oak Grove A. Neal 

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Breth. Bostic and E. L. Davis made very interesting talks on the 
importance ot the Colored Missions. 

The above was adopted. 

A report on Foreign Missions was then read by A. C. 
Davis, and discussed by Writer, Bostic and others. 

79 Dollars were pledged, and the report adopted. 

A report on Periodicals next came up, and Bro. Bostic was 
requested to act as agent for the Recorder. 

The report was adopted. 

A motion to adjourn prevailed. Bro. McManaway led in prayer. 



AFTERNOON, I O CLOCK. 

The body re-assembled. Hymn, "There is a fountain filled with 
blood." Bro. Hargett led in prayer. 

Ministerial Support which next came up, was read by the Writer, 
and discussed by the Writer, Hinson, Pope, and others. The 
report was adopted. 

Bro. Bostic read a report on Sabbath Schools, and it was 
discussed by Rev. D. T. Powell and others. 

The report was adopted. 

■A motion to adjourn prevailed. 

Prayer by McManaway. Benediction by the Moderator. 

NIGHT SERVICES. 

Elder A. G. McManaway preached a very interesting sermon 
from Rev. 21st chap., ist v. 

THIRD DAY 

October i6th, 1886. 

The moderator read the 115th Psalm. 

Prayer was offered by Elder E. L. Davis. 

The request on Questions and Queries was heard, and adopted. 

It was then agreed, that this Association meet with Arlington 
Church, Mecklenburg County, N. C, commencing on Thursday 
before the 3rd Sabbath of October, 1887, at 11 a. m.. Rev. G. P. 
Bostic to preach the introductory sermon and Bro. McManaway, 
the Alternate. 

Bro. A. C. Davis made a motion that our Associational work be 
united with the State Board, and it was adopted. Bro. J. E. Ray, 
the corresponding Secretary of the State Board, being present, was 
invited to a seat. 

Elder E. C. Williams made a report on State Missions; and 
presented a map of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association, 
showing the destitution in the bounds of the Association. He also 
made a very interesting talk on the rise and progress of the Bap- 
tist, in this section, lor the last 30 years. 

Bro. J. E. Ray mads a very feeling talk on the subject of State 
Missions. 



The various Churches of the Association then pledges them- 
selves to raise $300 ior State Missions, during the ensuing year. 
The above was adopted: 
Adjourned for dinner, one hour. 
Benediction, by Bro J. E. Ray. 

AFTFRNOON I o' CLOCK. 

The congregation re-assembled. Hymn, "Am I a soldier of the 
cross ?" The report on Church Letters was read, and adopted. 
The Secretary offered the following resolution: 

Resolved, That the Ministers of this Association be recommended to preach to the 
colored people, when an opportunity is afforded. 

It was discussed and adopted. 

A report on Baptist Orphanage was read by Bro. I^ostic, and 
discussed, and ^12.73 were raised. Report was then adopted. 

A report on Education was read by Bro. Bostic, discussed by 
writer and others. ' 

Finance committee reported next. Report adopted. The Treas- 
urer next read his report, which was adopted. 

The Moderator appointed the following Brethren to attend the 
sister Associations : 

South Yadkin — E. C. Williams, A. C. Davis, G. P. Bostic. 

Stanly— J. M. McCurdy, B. F. Hargett, A. C. Davis. 

The Moderator appointed the following Brethren to write on the 
various subjects below : 

Foreign Missions — G. P. Bostic; State Missions — A. C. Davis; 
Home Missions — S. E. Greely; Education — B. F. Hargett; Or- 
phanage — R. H. James; Periodicals — ^J. M. McCurdy. 

A resolution was offered, adding the names of Revs. A. G. Mc- 
Manaway and G. T. Raymond, to the Executive Board. 

On vote the clerk was allowed $10 for his services. Also to have 
500 copies of minutes printed and distributed in the usual way. 

Bro. Bostic read a report on Education as follows : 

EDUCATION. 

The subject of general Education is one that claims our closest attention. We are 
glad to say that our people are much awake as to the importance of ministerial educa- 
tion. And yet we need good, earnest, educated laymen — many of them — who shall 
stand by and help our ministers. Parents can not be too anxious about the general 
education of their sons and daughters. The Baptists have fine facilities now for aca- 
demical and higher education in North Carolina, and Baptists should patronize Baptist 
schools. Wake Forest is now more prosperous than ever before. With her ^113,000 
endowment, her three new professors added to the already able and earnest body of 
men, with the noble and persevering Taylor at their head, success is inevitable. 

The Board of Education is designed to help poor and worthy young men in the min- 
istry to secure an education. Over thirty were aided last year, and owing a debt at the 
beginning of this session, many had to be refused. Still they are aiding about thirty 
young men, and should have our liberal support. 

Respectfully submitted, GEO. P. BOSTIC, Com. 

Bro. R. H. James read the next report, which was 

STATE MISSIONS. 

The work of our State Board of Missions is to send the gospel of peace into every 
neighborhood in North Carolina. This year seventy-two missionaries have been sent 
out into nearly every destitute section. The results of the labors of these men are sim- 



ply glorious. The hand of the Almighty has been with them, and the strong arm of 
our God has helped them. From every field now occupied, the most cheering reports 
have been received; several new churches and Sunday schools have been organized; 
more than twenty meeting houses are going up, and thousands of souls have been led 
to Jesus Christ, the only hope of salvation. 

And yet the work continues to grow. These seventy-two men can not nearly supply 
the demand. New and most inviting fields are constantly opening before us and beg- 
ging the Board for men to carry them the bread of life. The men, too, can be had, and 
there are several who have said to us, "Here am I. send me." Shall we heed this call 
of our Redeemer, among whose last words we find this command, "Go ye into all the 
world and preach the gospel to every creature," when the blessed assurance comes 
along with it, "And lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." 

Respectfully submitted, R. H JAMES, Com. 



Bro. B. H. Hargett read the next report, which was 

ORPHANAGE. 

To care for the poor children whose parents have been taken away, is one of the 
noblest and grandest works of the christian church. In them God has given to the 
church a rich legacy. It is with the profoundest gratitude ihat we note the interest re- 
cently awakened and still increasing among the Baptists of North Carolina in this work. 
In the past two years a home has been established at Thomasville, and the Baptists have 
rallied nobly to its support. At the meeting of the Association, July 28th past, there 
wee four buildings already completed, and on that day the corner stones of five others 
were laid. These buildings are mostly the gifts of individuals Steps were also taken at 
this meeting to establish a home for aged and worn-out ministers in connection with the 
Orphanage. At that time they could accommodate about 40 children. They had ex- 
pended ^5,168.79, and raised in all ^5,485.37; on hand at that time, $316.58. As Bro. 
Mills suggests, the institution needs our prayers sent to the Lord, accompanied by con- 
tributions to the Orphanage. Brethren, this home for the homeless richly deserves, and 
should liberally receive, our support in prayers and contributions. 

Respectfully submitted, B. H. HARGETT, Com. 



The next in order was the report on Church Letters, which was 
read and adopted, as below : 

Your committee on Church Letters beg leave to submit that it has examined all the 
letters sent up from the churches with the following results : 

Arlington reports a revival. 12 accessions, 4 by baptism. Also a good Sabbath 
school, and a semi- weekly prayer meeting. Has lost one of her members by death. 

Clear Creek had a gracious revival, with 23 additions by baptism. Has a 
good Sabbath school with 90 scholars; also a prayer meeting, and many other things 
very favorable. 

Cold Water reports nothing special. Has lost one of her members by death. 

Chaney's Hill had a meeting of days, with 5 accessions by baptism. Has lost one 
of her members by death. 

HowELLS had a meeting of days. The church was much revived, with 2 accessions. 
Thev have a good Sabbath school. Has lost one of her members by death. 

Hopewell had a great revival, with 21 accessions. Also they have a good prayer 
meeting and Sabbath school. 

Wilson's Grove had a great revival, with 40 additions by baptism. Has lost one 
of her members by death. 

Prospect had a meeting of days, with 4 additions to the church. Church much re- 
vived. Has lost one of her members by death. 

Independent Hill had a meeting of divs. Baptized 13 persons. 

Oak Grove reports 13 accessions, also Sabbath school. 

Your committee finds that there have been added to the churches this year 133 souls, 
for which give God the glory. Respectfully submitted, 

B. H. HARGETT. 
W. R. SMALL. y Com. 
J. T. McMANUS. 



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AFTERNOON, I O' CLOCK. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due and hereby tendered to the brethren 
of this church and community for their kind hospitality. GEO. P. BQSTIC. 

The clerk was allowed Ten Dollars for compiling the minutes. 
Thus closed the First Session of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association. Prayer by Bro. Jno. E. Ray. 

E. C. Williams, Moderator. 
J. M. McCuRDY, Clerk. 

SABBATH SERVICES. 

Sabbath School Massmeeting conducted by Jno. E. Ray. Mis- 
sionary Sermon by E. L. Davis. Text : Acts 4th chap. 20th v. 
Collection $5. 20. 

STATEMENT. 

The financial statistics of Charlotte church are in the minutes of 
another association. 

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RULES OF ORDER. 

1. The meetings of the Association shall be opened and closed 
with prayer. 

2. No motion shall claim the attention of the Association or the 
Moderator, unless it has a second ; nor shall it be opened for 
discussion until formally announced by the Moderator. 

3. . When the motion has been made and regularly announced by 
the Moderator, no othef motion shall be received, except to amend, 
to substitute, or lay on the table, or to postpone definitely or 
indefinitely. But a motion for adjournment shall always be in 
order, except when a member is engaged in speaking, or the body 
in voting. 

4. When a member wishes to speak on any question he shall 
rise in his place and address the Moderator. If two or more shall 
rise at the same time, the Moderator shall determine who has the 
floor. No member shall speak more than twice on any subject, 
unless by permission of the body. 

5. All questions of order shall be contested by the Moderator, or 
any member of the Association, and shall be determined by the 
Moderator subject to an appeal to the body. 

6. All motions for adoption by the body shall be submitted in 
writing if required. 

' 7. If a member shall absent himself from the Association without 
permission from the body, he shall be under censure, and his name 
shall appear on the minutes as an absentee. This rule shall not be 
set aside except to meet extra cases. 



STANDING RESOLUTION. 

Resolved, That we correspond with sister Associations by letter 
or minutes, and that any member of our Association being present 
at the session of any other, with which we correspond, and pre- 
senting a copy of our last year's minutes containing his name, may 
represent us in that Association, and shall, in behalf of the body 
solicit correspondence. 






MINUTES 

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S^rontr ^nimal Session 



OF THE 



Mecklenburg and Cabai\rus 

XI BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, \^ 



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MECKLENBURG CO., N. C. 
OcTOBEE 13-16, 1887. 



Elder A. G. McMANAWAY, Moderator; 
Elder GEO. P. BOSTICK, Clerk; 
E. H. HINSON, Treasurer. 



CONCORD, N. C, : 
THE TIMES rOWLR PRESS PRINT. 







G. T. Raymond and W. M. Johnson, with the Officees. 




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R. H. Jameh ClecQ- Creek. 

J, M. McCuRDY Flow's Store 

A. C. Davis Oak Grove. 

E. C. Williams Matthews. 

D. T. Powell '. Concord. 

A. G. McManaway ' Charlotte. 

G. T. Raymond Charlotte. 

B. H. CARTEPt Albemarle. 

Geo. p. Bostiok ^. Concord. 

W. M. Johnson , Matthews. 



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J. W. Brown Arlington. 




PROCEEDINGS, 




Aklington Baptist Church, Mecklenbueg Co., N. C, 

October 13tli, 1887. 

The delegates composing the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association met in the" second annual meeting at this church 
on the above date. 

Elder Geo. P. Bostick preached the introductory sermon 
from Ex. xiv:15 :"Speak unto the children of Israel that they 
go forward." 

Becess for dinner for one hour. 

Afternoon Session, 1 O'clock. 

The session was called to order by Elder E. C. Williams, 
former Moderator, and half hour spent in devotional exercises. 

Delegates were enrolled as follows : 

Arlington — ^E. H. Hinson, E. H. Williams and J.W.Brown. 

Clear Creek — Elder B. H. James, B. D. Bonertson, -and 
H. D. Baker. 

Charlotte — Elc^ers A. G. McManaway and G. T Eaymond. 

Concord— Elder Geo. P. Bostick and W. S. Sapp. 

Cold Water — J. T. Barnljardt and Edward Fisher. 

Cheney's Hill— Elder A. C. Davis, W. M. Cheney and 
0. P. Sbssamon. 

Howell's— B. D. Gourley, D. M.Dorton and J.B.McCurdy. 

Matthev/s — Elder J. B. Bichardson, W. M. Johnson and 
Dr. T. G. Irvin. 

Independence Hill — A. N. Hinson and J. F. Hawkins. 

Oa.k Grove— Elder D. T. Powell. 

Prospect— Elder B. H. Carter, A. E. Lowder and E. W. 
Carter. 

Wilson's Grove — Elder E. C. Williams, L. B. Norkett and 
J. B Mullis. 

Hopewell — W. A. Honeycutt, A. W. Archey and L. B 
White. 

The regular order is suspended and Matthews church re- 
ceived from Union Association and Concord, a new church. 

Elders A. C. Davis and B. H. James were appointed as 
tellers and took up the ballots for the election of officers for 
the Association. 

The following were elected : Elder A. G. McManaway, 
Moderator; Elder Geo. P. Bostick, Clerk; and E. H. Hinson, 
Treasurer. 

Elder A. C. Davis moves that the Moderator appoint the 
usual committees. He appoints them as follows : 



On Religious Exercises, pastor'aud deacons of tliis church. 

On Requests and queries, J. W. Brown and W.M.Johnson. 

On Finance, E. H. Hinson and Elders R. H. James and 
E. C. Williams. 

Visiting brethren are called for and Elder C. Durham, 
Corresponding Secretary of the Baptist State Convention, was 
recognized. 

Elder J. B. Richardson is appointed to report on Period- 
icals, and Bro. J. W Brown on Home Missions. 

Eider A. C. Davis reports on order of business : Meet at 
9:30; adjourn at 12; meet at 1, and adjourn at will. Time for 
the various reports as follows: Eoreion Missions at once; State 
Missions Friday at 10 o'clock; Home Missions at 1; Period- 
icals at 2; Education Saturday at 10:30 o'clook; Sabbath School 
Saturday at l;and Orphanage at 2. 

Elder Geo. P. Bostick read the report on Foreign Mis- 
sions as follows : 

To be without a spirit of Foreign Missions is to be witliout the 
Spirit of Christ, for he was a Foreign Missionary and s^iid "ii ye 
have not the Spirit of Christ ye are none of his; and the only w?y 
to show that we have aSi>irit of Foreign Missions is by our uork. 

The little we have done in this direction, the great numbers 
who are still without Chriot and the fact that we are to give an ac- 
count t<5 God should shame us, and arouse us to greater efforts in 
the interest of the heathern nations. 

God is abundantly blessing the little that we are doing and 
thus calling us on to greater thii.gs. 

Let us hear the marching orders of the great Captain of our 
Salvation aiid go forth, laboring more ard more earnestly till the 
great crowning day shall come. 

Geo. P. Bostick. 

It is discussed by Elders Geo. P. Bostick, J. B. Richard- 
A. C. Davis, W. M. Johnson and R. H. James. 

Pledges were then made for this object for next year, for 
which see miscellaneous table. Report is adopted. 

The Moderator appoints as Comrnitttee on Church Letters, 
Elder A. C. Davis, A. N. Hinson and John T. Barnhardt. 

On motion adjourn till 9:30 o'clock Friday morning. 

Benediction by Elder E. C. Williams. 

SECOND DAY, FRIDAY, 9:30 O'CLOCK. 

The Association met at 9:30 o'clock, a. m. Devotional exer- 
cises were conducted by Elder D. T. Powell. 

Minutes of yesterday are read and adopted. 

Bro J. B. Richardson moved that the Clerk be allowed $10 
for his services and that he expend the remainder of the money 
in printing minutes, which shall be distributed among the 
churches according to the money paid in. 

Elder Geo. P. Bostick ofiers the following : 



Resolved, That it is the judgment of this body that it is inex- 
pedient for one church to receive members excluded from any oth- 
er sister church, and that any church that is involved m difliculty 
in this way be advised to get out of it according to the Bible. 

Eiders E. L. Davis and J. A. Bivens and E. Pope, of the 
Union Association, are recognized and invited to seats with us* 

Bro. Bostick moves that the regular order be suspended 
and that we take up Home Missions at this hour. 

Bro. J. W. Brown read the report as follows : 

We notice from the reading of the Church letters that more 
has been contributed during this Associational year for Home Mis- 
sions than was pledged by the various churches. We congratulate 
the Association. The Home Mission journals report a correspond- 
ing increase of good accomplished in the Home Mission work. 
Many more have been converted to the Christian faith during this 
vear than was last. This fact should make us grateful, and stimu- 
late to greater liberality and effort in this department of the work 
the Master ha=; committed to us. 

J. W. BROWN, Com. 

The roll is called and pledges taken for this object which 
will be found in the Miscellaneous table. 

Report is adopted. 

The Hopewell and Charlotte letters are read. 

Elder A. C. Davis reads the report on State Missions as 
f olloTv^s : 

State Missions, is the work of the Baptist State Convention of 
North Carolina. A glance at the past will suffice to show that God 
is in the work and his blessings unon it. Eleven years ago there 
were only 9 missionaries under its direction. It now has 81 for a 
part or all of their tiiae. During these j^ears there have been about 
9,000 added to the churchss, and have occupied about 1,000 church- 
es and stations. They have organized 1,000 new churches and bav^e 
built 75 or 80 houses of worship. These iigures only include the 
work of the missionaries and nut those of the other Godly ministers 
through whom 35,000 others have been added to our churches, 250 
churches organized and 300 houses of worship built. 

These things are enough to gladden the hearts of all God's peo- 
ple and urge us on to greater achievements. 

By thft advice of last Conveation the Board appropriated $10,- 
000.00 for this work. They did this with faith in the churches that 
they would come up to their help and because of the demand in the 
work in the State. And shall we not come to their relief? Five 
cents a month from each of the 136,000 white Baptists of North 
Carolina would put $81,600.00 into the hands of the Board and en- 
able them to supply all the destitute places in the State, and then 
leave $40,000.00 foi Foreign Missions. 

Much remains to be done before the kingdoms of this w^orld 
would become the kingdom of our Lord and his Christ. The world 
is dependent upon us for a pure gospel. Therefore, let our motto 
be, "The world fo.- Christ,'' and God will be v/ith us. 

There is much destitution in our own Association that needs 
to be supplied with Baptist preaching by our Stato Board. The 
field is white unto the harvest and should be occupied. 

A. C. DAVIS, Com. 



It is discussed by Elders A. C. Davis, J. B. Eichardson, 
C. Durham and E. L. Davis. 

Pledges were then made for next year, for which see the 
miscellaneous table. 

Report is adopted. 

Adjourned for one hour for dinner. 

AFTEENOON SESSION. 

Devotional exercises are led by Bro. Raymond. 

Bro. Bostick moves that the Sunday School work betaken 
up now. There is no report. 

Bro. Bostick moved that the Chair appoint a Committee 
to co-operate with the Baptist State Convention on Bible dis- 
tribution and Colportage, and also to arrange for an associa- 
tional Sunday School meeting. It is discussed by Elders G. T. 
Raymond, W. M. Johnson, A. C. and E. L. Davis. 

The Chair appoints as the Committee : Elders A. G. Mc- 
Manaway, Geo. P. Bostick and Bro. W. J. F. Liddell. 

The report on Periodicals is read, as follows: 

There is no agency in this day so potent for good or evil as the 
T3ress. The world is using it in the advancement of every interest. 
As never before the Mind and the living Voice are seizing it as 
their hip-hway to success. The devil is utilizing it as the most ef- 
ficient means of accomplishing his deepest laid schemes. And no 
power can Christians find so helpful in the great work to which 
Christ has summoned them. 

Perhaps we find the reason of its great power in the fact that 
this is peculiarly an age of reading. And should we as Christians 
fail to avail ourselves of its mightj^ influence and help, a failure in 
our work will be inevita,bJe. 

In the "Biblical Recorder" we have the press at work for Christ 
among us and for the uplifting and leading on of our people. The 
"Recorder" is needed in every family. It is a great educator. We 
need it to strengthen and encourage in our work. 

A good Sunday School paper is also needed in every family. 

We need especially at thiri time a system of Co] portage among 
our people. 

J. B. RICHARDSOx^, Com. 

Bro. R. H. James reads report on obtiuaries, as follows: 

Clear Creek has lost two of her mopt devoted Christians, Bro. 
Wm. McManus and Sister Matilda Hinson. Arlington reports the 
death of Sisters Kisiah Sossomon and Sarah A. Moss, and Wilson's 
Grove has lost Bro. Henry Phillips. All five had reached the west 
side of the hill of life, and like tired children lay down by the way- 
side and fell asleep, and their lives all justify us in saying, with One 
of o]d: "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." Independence 
Hill lost Bro. A. M. Cashion, a laithful member. 

R. H. JAMES. 

Report is adopted. 



EEPORT ON FINANCE. 

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Home 

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Min- 
utes 



Clear Creek |$20.00 

Arliiisrton 10.00 



Cold Water 

" S. S.... 
Cheney's Hill. . .-. . . 

Hopewell 

Howells 

Independence Hill 

Prospect 

Wilson's Grove... 

Charlotte 

Concord 

Matthews 




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wiiii Elder A. C. Davis 
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E. H. HINSON. Treas, 
E. C. WILLIAMS, 
R. H. JAMES. 

Eeport is adopted. 

Elder A, G. McMaiiaway is appointed to preach the 
troductory sermon at the next session, wit 
alternate. 

The folloAving delegates were appointed to 
State Convention: 

Elders R. H. James, Geo. P. Bostick, A. C. Davis, W. M. 
Johnson^ E. C. Williams, and Brethren J. W. Brown, J. R, 
McCurdy, E. H. Hinson and Dr. Y. Massey. 

The Chair appoints Elders G. T. Raymond and W. M. 
Johnson to constitute, together with the officers of the Asso- 
ciation, the Executive Committee. 

The Chair appoints the following to vfiite on the various 
subjects for next year: 

Foreign Missions, Eider A. G. McManaway; Home Mis- 
sions, M. W. Johnson; State Missions, J. W. Brown; Period- 
icals, Elder Geo. P. Bostick; Orphanage^ Elder A. G. Davis; 
Education, Elder R. H. James. 

Cojnmittee on Requests and Queries reports as follows: 
We recom.iiend that the AssociaLion bold its next annual ses- 
sion with tbe Hopewoli ciiurch, and tbst a union meeting- be ap- 
pointed for the fifth Sunday in this month, to meet witii the Wil- 
son's Grove ciiurcb. 

W, M. JOHNSON, 
J. W. BROWN. 

Report is adopted. 

At the request of Elder E. C. Williams Bro. Richardson 
leads in prayer for Bro. J. M. McCurdy, vvdio is in the Asylum 
at Morganton. 

A collection was taken to pay Bro. McCurdy the deficiency 
in printing minutes last year. 

Adjourned till 9:30 o'clock to-morrow morning. 

Benediction by Bro W^illiams. 



SATUEDAY, 9:30 A. M. 

Devotional exercises were conducted b}^ Elder E. C. Wil- 
liams. 

Bro. Jolinson moves that a committe be appointed to pre- 
pare a report on ministerial support for next year. 

Dr. H. V. Massey is appointed. 

Remarks are made on this subject by Dr. H. V. Massey 
and Elders E. L. Lavis. J. B. Richardson and Geo. P. Bos- 
tick, and Brethren Wm. Carter and R. D: Gourley. 

Report on education is reiid as follows: 

We think that the day has come when our people are awake to 
the importance of education. How shall our young people gain 
the needful knowledge? We think there is urgent need for a school 
of high grade within the bounds of this Association, under Baptist 
control. We recommend the present system at Wake Forest for 
young ministers and others who expect to finish their education, 
and also that this Association do something for ministerial edu- 
cation. 

B. F. HARGETT. 

It is discussed by Elders E. C. Williams, Geo. P. Bostick, 
R. H. James, A. C. Davis and A. G. McManaway. 
Report is adopted. 
Report on orphanage is read as follows: 

We now have 73 children being cared for and educated at our 
Orphanage at Thomasville. This is an important and a much need- 
ed work. God, in his wisdom, gives us these children of our breth- 
ren and sisters who have been called to their reward to educate and 
train them for lives of usefulness. 

The Orphanage is now in special need of our help. The winter 
is on us, and the expense of the Orphanage is necessarily larger 
than through the summer. We commend this work to the churches. 

R. H. JAMES. 

Report is discussed by elders R. H. James, E. L. Davis, 
J. B. Richardson, W. M. Johnson and A. G. McManaway, and 
adopted. 

A cash collection is taken for the Orphanage, amounting 
to $33.00. Bro. Davis moves that the money in the hands of 
the Treasurer be turned over to Bro. Bostick to be forwarded. 

Bro. Davis offers the following: 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due and are hereby 
tendered the brethren and friends of this community for their kind 
and generous hospitality. 

On motion the body adjourned, to meet at Hopewell on 
Wednesday before the third Sunday in October, 1888. 

A, G. McMANAWAY, Moderator. 
GEO. P. BOSTICK, Clerk. 



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3/Lecklenburg and dab arms 

o< BAPTIST fl880Gi™t>^ 

HELD WITH THE 

HOPEWELL CHURCH, 

MECKLENBURG CO. N. C, 

October 17, 18, 19, 1888. 



Elder E. C. WILLIAMS, Moderator. 
Elder J. D. NEWTON, Clerk. 
E. H. HINSON, Treasurer. 



CONCORD, N. C: 

THE TIMES POWER PRESSES. 

1888. 



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HOPEWELL CHURCH, 

MECKLENBURG CO. N. C, 



October 17, 18, 19, 1888, 



Elder E. C. WILLIAMS, Moderator, 
Elder J. D. NEWTON, Clerk. 
E. H. HINSON, Treasurer. 



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CONCORD, N. C: 

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Elder A. G. McManaway.. Charlotte 

" E. C. Williams.... Matthews 

R. H. James Clear Creek 

J. D. Np:wton Concord 

A. C. Davis Love's Level 

B. H. Carter Albemarle 

W.M. Johnson Matthevv^s 

J. B. Richardson .High Pomt 



J. W. Brown. 



Arlington 



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Hopewell Baptist Church, Mecklenburg Co., N. C, 

October 17, 1888. 

HE Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association meets in 
t3 th ird annual session at this church on the above 
^ date. 

In the absence of Elder A. G. McManaway, who was 
appointed to preach the introductory sermon. Elder 
R. H. James preached from the 34th Psalm and third 
verse: "O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt 
his name together." 

Recess of one hour for dinner. 

Afternoon Session, 1 O'clock. 

In the obsence of Elder A. G. McManaway, fqrmer 
Moderator, and Elder G. P. Bostick, former Clerk, Eh 
der E. C. Williams was appointed tempora^ry Chairman 
and Elder J. D. Newton temporary Clerk. 

After a song and prayer service, the list of churches 
was called and delegates enrolled as follows : 

Arlington— E. H. Hinson, M. A. Dulin. 

Clear Creek— W. A. Hough. 

Charlotte— J. E. McManaway. 

Chaney's Hill— Bv letter. 

Concord—Elder J. D. Newton, W. S. Sapp. 

Cold Water— Jno. W. Fisher. 

Hopewell— W. R. Small, L. Johnson, G. Winecoff, 

Howell's— Jno. R. McCurdy. , 



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Independence Hill— J. L. Cashion, A. N. Hinson. 

Matthews— Elder W. M. Johnson, T. G. Irwin. 

Prospect — L. Louder, W. D. Morris, E. W. Carter. 

Wilson's Grove- Elder E. C. Williams, L. R. Norket. 

Oak Grove — Not represented. 

The ballot for the election of officers resulted as fol- 
lows: 

Elder E. C. Williams, Moderator. 

Elder J. D. Newton, Clerk. 

Bro. E. H. Hinson, Treasurer. 

The following committees are appointed by the Mod- 
erator : 

On Religious Exercises, Pastor and Deacons of this 
church. 

Periodicals, Elder J. D. Newton. 

Requests and Queries, Elder A. C. Davis. 

Finance, Brethren E. H. Hinson and J. E. McMana- 
way. 

Foreign Missions, Bro. J. E. McManaway. 

Home Missions, Bro. Jno. R. McCurdy. 

State Missions, Elder J. D. Newton. 

Order of Business, Elders A^ C. Davis and R. H.James. 

Orphanage, Elder A. C. Davis. 

Education, Elder R, H. James. 

Time and place of next meeting, Brethren W. R. Small, 
and M. A. Dulin. 

Ministerial Support, Elder R. H.James. 

Sabbath Schools, Elder A. C. Davis. 

The committee on Order of Business submits the fol- 
lowing report, which is adopted : 

Meet at 9:30 a. ra.; spend half hour in devotional ex- 
ercises ; adjourn at 12; meet at 1 p. m. ; adjourn at 
pleasure. Report on Periodicals, 10 o'clock to-morrow; 
Foreign Missions, 11 o'clock; Home Missions,! o'clock 
p. m.: State Missions, 2 o'clock. On Friday, 10 o'clock, 
Sabbath Schools; Orphanage, 11 o'clock; Education, 
1 o'clock; Ministerial Support, 2 o'clock. Miscellane- 
ous business and adjournment. 

Respectfully submitted. 

A. C. DAVIS, 
R. H. JAMES. 

On motion adjourned with prayer by Elder J. D. 
Newton. 

Elder J. D. Newton is appointed to preach to-night. 



(5) 

SECOND DAYS' SESSION. * 
Thursday, 7:30 a. m. 

After half hour spent in devotional exercises conduct- 
ed by Bro. J. E. McManaway, the Moderator calls the 
Association to order. 

Minutes of the previous day are read, and after cor- 
rections approved. 

Bro. J. H. Mills, representingthe Orphanage at Thom- 
as ville, is recognized and v^elcomed by the Association. 

On motion the report on the Orphanage is made the 
special order for 1 o'clock this afternoon. 

Letter from Matthev^s read and delegates enrolled. 

The hour for the special order having arrived, the re- 
port on Periodicals is read by Elder J. D. Newton, as 
follows. 

Most people feed tlieir bodies three times a day, and many seem to 
forget that it is equally important to feed the mind. Thousands are 
dying every year for the lack of information which will make them 
wise unto salvation. "Reading makes a full man." Many people 
greedily devour the poisonous literature that is disseminated in our 
country, while they neglect to even taste the wholesome food con- 
tained in our religious books and papers. 

The Biblical Recorder, our State Organ, when read thoroughly ev- 
ery week ^vill give anyone broader views of Christian work, and lead 
to greater activity in the Master's cause. The Recorder should be 
read hj every Baptist family within the bounds of our Association 
and throughout the State. 

The Foreign Mission Journal, published by the Foreign Mission 
Board at Richmond, is an ably edited monthly, and is indispensable 
in giving the necessary information about the foreign fields. 

The Gospel Herald, a neat, popular monthly, published by the 
State Board of Missions at Raleigh, should be extensively read by our 
people, because it points them to the destitution in our own State; and 
not only this, but it points to the progress Baptists are making in 
North Carolina and in the known world. » 

Charity and Children, published weekly by the Orphan boys at 
Thomasville, is valuable in dispensing the information so much need- 
ed about our Orphanage work. Let us read more, study more, and 
think more, and greater things will be attempted, and greater things 
will be done in reclaiming a lost world from powers of darkness. 

Respectfully submitted. J. D. NEWTON. 

After the discussion by Elders J. D. Newton, R. H. 
James, A. C. Davis, and Bro. J. H. Mills, the report is 
adopted. 

The report on Foreign Missions is read b^^ Bro. J. E. 
McManaway, as follows : 

Have you ever stood upon the summit of a high mountain in the 



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early morn and peered out into the darkness that surrounded yon, 
and nothing but darkness was rerieeted back? But as j'-ou watched 
forcorning day you turned \^our eyes toward the far East and prCvS- 
entl}' caught a glimmering red light that gradually took the place of 
the thick darkness. This light became brighter and brighter, the 
sky clearer and clearer, the darkness gradually being dispelled, when 
almost in a moment the glorious sun raised his shining body out of 
the ocean seemingly, and illuminated the world as far as e3^e could see. 
Such a scene is beautiful but I am going to show 3'-ou one more beau- 
tiful than this. Not a century ago beyond this land of ours lay 
another country draped in darkness. As silently as the midnight 
would the years come and go, but with them would come no spiritual 
light. The cold waves lashed u))on the shore, but the3^ brought no 
"tidings of jo3^" But there came a time when a brave 3'oung man 
left his home and loved ones and set out across the deep to this land 
of darknesss with the gospel light in his heart to give to the people. 
But one light in that land of darkness was like a lone lost star. Since 
that time more and more men and women have followed, and to-da3' 
missionaries can go into an3' part of China without danger. Never 
in the woi'ld's history has there been more done towards christian- 
izing the outside world. Never has the heathen world accepted as 
much from Christian nations as the3^ are now doing. The early mis- 
sionaries toiled in darkness, but now the3'- are toiling in the light of 
"coming da3\" An entire State used to send out one man, now this 
church and that church has a man and wife in foreign fields. Men of 
wealth are preparing men for the geat work of preaching the gospel, 
and will send them forth after they are prepared. "Go forward," is 
God's command, and if it is obe3'cd, we shall before long gain for 
Christ a victory over the entire heathen world. North Carolina's 
sons and daughters are not behind in the onward march for at the 
close of this 3^ear she will have eighteen fighting tmder the banner of 
our King. With Powell, Mosele\' and Chastian m Mexico, Herring' 
and Bryan in China, Ta3dor and Barker in Brazil, David and Eubank 
in Africa, and many others soon to join in the struggles in these differ- 
ent fields, why ma3'^ we not hope to effect a reformation through the 
work of the HoW Spirit in the lives and characters of the heathen 
nations. Respectfully submitted, J. E. McMANAWAY. 

It is discussed b}^ Bro. J. E. McManaway and Elder 
J. D. Newton. Pending motion to adopt the following 
pledges were taken for Foreign Missions : 

Arlington, $3.00; Charlotte, $50.00; Cold Water, 
$2.50; Concord, $7.00; Hopewell, $5.00; Independence 
Hill, $3.00; Matthews, $5.00; Prospect, $5.00; Elder 
E. C. Williams, $1.00. 

The report is adopted . 

On motion adjourned for one hour. 

Thursday Afternoon, 1 O'clock. 

The Association is called to order by the Moderator. 
Pra^^er by Elder A. C. Davis. 

The hour for the special order having arrived. Elder 



(7) 

A. C. Davis read the report on the Baptist Orphanage, 
as follows : 

"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this : To 
visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself 
luispotted from the world." James 1:27. In Gal. 2:10 we are told 
that Paul and Barnabas were instructed to remember the poorin their 
travels. We are also told in Jas. 2:5 that God hath made choice of 
the poor to be heirs of his kingdom. "He that giveth to the pooi, 
lendeth to the Lord, and that which he hath given, will he pay him 
again." Prov. 19:17. There are many other places in the w^ord v\,^here 
our duty to the poor is set forth. 

There are now ninety children at the Orphanage at Thomasvijle. 
They are dependent upon us for food and raiment. The orphan chil- 
dren will be a stain upon society if we fail to teach them the morals 
of the Bible. It is said that when the Russians wish to inaugurate 
^ome great change in their government they have the principles taught 
the children in their school. If we would have our children become 
law abiding citizens and God-fearing mothers, we must teach them. 
Respectfully submitted, A. C. DAVIS. 

On motion to adopt Bro. J. H. Mills made a tender 
thrilling speech, after which a cash collection was taken 
amounting to $11.65. The report is adopted. 

The following report on State Missions is presented 
by Elder J. D. Newton : 

"Missions is life. Anti-missions, or omissions, is death," The 
great Master of the Harvest has said, "The field is the world." North 
Carolina is a ijart of the world, andshouldbeaver}' great part with us 
who live in it, for the hope of the heathen world is in well-organized 
and well-trained churches at home. Why, is it, that at the close of 
the present year, our State will have in the foreign fields more mis- 
sionaries than an^' two Southern States combined ? The answer is 
not hard. North Carolina Baptists are thoroughly alive with the 
mission spirit, and are entering everj' part of the State, and planting 
gospel churches. The State Boflrd at Raleigh now has in its emploj^ 
eightj^-seven missionaries and 13 colporteurs, who are going from 
house to house, from community to communit^^ from town to town, 
scattering gospel seeds, by words and deeds, by books and papers, 
andGod is marvelously blessing their labors. Although much has 
been done, the battle has onlj^ begun and by patient untiring perse- 
verance, soon, ah soon ! the song will be A\^afted on the pure breeze of 
the morning from the sea coast to the mountains, "Carolina for 
Jesus." The Board needs your prayers, your money and your hearty 
support in completing this year's work, the noblest and grandest ever 
undertaken in its history. 

Respectfullv submitted, 

J. D. NEWTON. 

It is discussed by Elders J.D. New^ton, R. H. James, 
and A. C. Davis. Pending motion to adopt, the follow- 
ing pledges were taken for the coming year : 

Concord, $5.00; Cold Water,$6.00; Charlotte, $100- 



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00; Independence Hill, $5.00; Matthews, $5.00; Pros- 
pect, $5.00; Wilson's Grove, $5.00; E.H.Hinson, $1.00; 
W. A. Hough, .50 

The report is adopted. 

On motion adjourned, prayer by Bro. J. H. Mills. 

Elder W. M. Johnson appointed to preach to-night. 

FRIDAY MORNING, THIRD DAY, 
October 19th. 

The Association meets at 9:30, and is led in devotion- 
al exercises for half hour by Elder W. M. Johnson. 

The Moderator then calls to order and minutes of the 
previous day are read and after corrections approved. 

On motion Home Missions is made the order for 10 
o'clock, instead of Sabbath Schools, the regular order. 

By request of the appointee, th^ report on Home Alis- 
sions is prepared and read by Elder J. D. Newton, as 
follows : 

Headquarters for the Home Board is in At]atita,Ga. Rev. A. G. Mc- 
Manaway, of Charlotte, is one of the Vice Presidents. The main 
points under the direction of the board are these : New Orleans, Cuba, 
Florida, Louisiana. Texas, Arkansas and Indian Territory. We have 
only to look at the development of the work in Baltimore, Richmond, 
Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington; also in Charleston and Augusta, to 
get an idea of what has been done in former years by the wise plans 
of this Board. We have only to look ac the grand w^ork of our dear 
brother, A. J. Diaz, in Cuba, for present encouragement and for stim- 
ulus in giving liberally of our means to sustain this Board in its great 
undertakings. It seems that nothing now lies in the way of our tak- 
ing Cuba for Christ and for heaven. A great work is also being done 
for the colored people of the South. Their souls are as precious in the 
sight of God as those of our own color. Let us redouble our contri- 
butious to this department of our work, and God will reward us for 
it. Respectfully submitted. 

J. D. NEWTON, 

It is discussed by Elder J. D.Newton. Pending mo- 
tion to adopt the following were appointed to look af- 
ter Home Missions in the different churches during the 
ensuing year : 

Arlington — M. A. Dulin. 

Clear Creek— Mrs. U. C. Small. 

Concord 

Cold Water— Mrs. M.J. Smith. 

Chaney's Hill — Miss Florence Sossamon. . 

Charlotte— Mrs. R. Young. 

Hopewell — Mrs. Jane Winecoff. 



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Howeirs— A. L. HowdL 
Independence Hill — H, B. Blackman. 
Matthews— W. M. Johnson, 

Oak Grove 

Prospect — E. W. Carter, 
Wilson's Grove— L. R. Norket, 
The report is adopted. 

Elder R. H. James submits the following on minists- 
tcrial support : 

In 1 Cor. 9:14, we have these words: ^'Evcn so hath the Lord or- 
dained that they who preach the gospel shall live of the gospel." 
A^ain, "Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? Who 
planteth a vineyard and eateth not the fruit thereof? or who feedeth 
a flock and eatheth not the milk of the flock?" I Cor. 9:7. Therefore, 
\)CiX your pastors, and joii will have better preaching and more of it. 
Respectfully submitted, 

R, H, JAMES. 

After remarks by Elders R. H. James and W. M. John- 
son, the report is adopted. 

The report on Requests and Queries is presented by 
Elder A. C. Davis as follows : 

The churches^ at Prospect and Matthews request the 
next session of the Association to be held with them. 
Respectfully submitted, 

A. C. DAVIS, 
J. W. FISHER. 
J. R. McCURDY 

On motion Matthews is chosen as the place of next 
meeting, and Elder J. D. Newton to preach the introduc- 
tory sermon. 

Elder A. C. Davis moves that the Association meet 
on Thursday next year instead of Wednesday as here- 
tofore. 

After remarks by different brethren, the motion is 
carried. 

Adjourned one hour for dinner. 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON, 

1 O'CLOCK. 

The Moderator calls the Association to order, and 
Elder J, D. New^ton leads in prayer. 

The report on Education is prepared, by the request 
of the appointee, and read by Elder J. D, Newton, as 
as follows : 



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Education is a subject to command the attention of all classes 
among us, and especially the education of our ministr3^ There are 
now, dependent upon the Board of Education at Wake Forest, 29 
young ministers, all bending their energies to better eqiiip themselves 
for the preaching of the gospel to dj'ing men and women throughout 
the nations of the earth. While we point with pleasure and gratitude 
to the \>^ork being done at Wake Forest, let us not forget our more 
prominent female institutions at Thomasville, Oxford and Murfrees- 
boro. These all deserve our heart}- support and patronage. 

Let us also recognize our Theological Seminaiw, located at Louis- 
ville, Kj.. which is in many respects the grandest institution on the 
American continent. Truly our hearts should beat with pride when 
we see the interest manifested by Baptists in the education of both 
the head and heart of our people. Respectfully submitted, 

J. D. NEWTON. 

It is discussed by Elders J. D. Newton and A. C. Da- 
vis, and afterwards adopted. 

The report on Sabbath Schools is read by Elder A. C. 
Davis as follows : 

The Sabbath School work is one in which all may engage. If the^- 
cannot teach, they can be taught the truths of God's Word. It is in 
the Sabboth School that many receive then- hrst impressions of the 
Saviour's love. The children of our LrcLlnen and our neighbors must 
be taught God's truths or thev will grow up in ignorance and vice. 
The time to impress truth is in childhood, thereforedet all the brethren 
and sisters of tnis Association take hold of the work with determiuc.- 
tion, and God's blessings will be upon voti. Kespectfullv, 

A. C. DAVIS. 

On motion the report is adopted. 

The report of the Finance Committee is presented by 
Bro. E. H. Hinson as follows: 

For. Mis. Home Mis. 



Arlington | 


$2.5o 


Charlotte.: | 




Clear Creek... .| 


5.00 


Chanev's Hill..| 


2.5o 


Cold Water ] 

Concord | 




Howell's 1 


3.00 


Ind. Hill 1 


2.5o 


Matthews | 




Hopewell 


2.5o 


Wilson's Grove 


3.00 


Prospect 1 


5 oo 



$8.oo 



2.5o 



State Mis. 


Min. 


$5.oo 


$2.oo 




3.00 


5.00 


2.56 




l.oo 


7.00 


1.25 




1.25 


5.00 


l.oo 


5.00 


l.oo 


lo.oo 


2.00 


2.5o 


l.oo 


lo CO 


5o 


lo oo 


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8 oo 



Respectftillv submitted, 

E. H. HINSON,Treas, 
J. E. McMANAWAY. " 



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On motion adopted. 

The Moderator appoints the following to write on 
the various objects for next year: 

Foreign Missions— Elder J. D. Newton. 

State '' — '' W.M.Johnson. 

Home '' — " A. G. McManaway. 

Education— Bro. E. H. Erwin. 

Orphanage— Elder R. H. James. 

Obituaries— " A.C.Davis. 

Sabbath Schools— Bro. J. L. Cashion. 

On motion of Elder A. C. Davis, Elder J. D.Newton is 
requested to prepare an obituary on the life- and work 
of our esteemed and departed brother, Rev. J. M. 
McCurdy. (See on last page). 

On motion the chair appointed the following delegates 
to the Baptist State Convention to be held in Greensboro 
Nov. 14, 1888: Elders A. G. McManaway W. M. John- 
son, J. D. Newton, and also brethren J. R. McCurdy, 
R. D. Gourley, J. D. Smith. 

On motion the Treasurer is authorized to forward 
all funds in hand to Treasurer Baptist State Convention. 

On motion the funds for minutes are turned over to 
the clerk of the Association. 

The following resolution is offerered by Elder J. D. 
Newton. 

Seeing the necessity for a regtilarh' established sj^steni of Associa- 
tional Mission work, therefore, 

Resolved 1st. That a Mission Committee, consisting of the pastors 
and one member from each church in the Association be apppointed, 
whose duty it shall be to look out encouraging points for the organ- 
ization of Baptist churches within our bounds, and that this commit- 
tee shall take into consideration the advisability and propriety of 
making the necessary appropriations to sustain missionaries at these 
different points. 

Resolved 2nd. That this Mission Committee meet on Saturday' 
at 10 o'clock, before everv fifth Sunday during the year, at some con- 
venient point. Respectfully, J. D. NEWTON. 

On motion the resolution is adopted after remarks, 
and the following committee was appointed and ap- 
proved. 

Arlington, J. W. Brown. 

Clear Creek, W. A. Hough. 

Concord, W. S. Sapp. 

Cold Water, M. W. Ferguson. 

Chaney's Hill, W. T. Tolbert. 

Charlotte, J. C. Dowd. 



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Hopewell, W. R. Small. 

Howell's, J. R. McCurdy. 

Independence Hill, J. L. Cashion. 

Matthews, T. G. Irwin. 

Prospect, S. E. Gre»ly, 

Wilson^s Grove, L. R. Norket. 

Oak Grove, James Whittington. 

The clerk is given the following notice : The above 
committee will hold its first meeting at Clear Creek on 
Saturday before fifth Sunda^^ in December at 10 o'clock, 
A full attendance is desired and earnestl}^ requested. 

Bro W. A Hough offers the following: 

Resolved, Resolved that the thanks of this body are due and are 
hereby tendered the brethren and friends of this community for their 
kind and generous hospitalitv- Respectfullv, 

W. A. HOUGH. 
JNO. R, McCURDY. 
Adopted. 

On motion adjourned with prayer by Elder J. D. 
Newton, to meet with the church at Matthews on 
Thursday before the third Sundav in October 1889. 

E. C. WILLIAMS, Moderator, 
J. D. Newton, Clerk. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL TABLE. 



Churches. 



Arlington 

Clear Creek, 
Cold Water.. 

Concord 

Charlotte 

Hopewell 

Howell's 

Ind. Hill 

Matthews.... 
Prospect 



Superintendent, 



E. H. WilHams . 

U. C. Small 

J. W. Fisher 

Eld.J. D.Newton 
W. N. Prather.. 

R. D. Gourley... 

J. C. Black 

T. G. Irwin 



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Schol.j School. 




50 






64 




8 


37 


ll.oo 


6 


53 


12.50 


25 


200 
45 


15o.oo 




3o 


4.82 


10 


60 


26.34 




54 


3.00 



Mis, 



2.37 
2.05 



No reports from Chaney's Hill, Oak Grove and Wil- 
son's Grove. I know it will be painful to you that this 
report of our Sunday Schools should have been so im- 
perfect, but I have given all the report you sent. 

Clerk. 



Qbituary, 



By Rev. J. D. Newton. 



Rev. JACOB MONROE McGURDY. 

The subject of this memoir was bom in Cabarrus Co., N. C, Apri 
9th, 1830, and died June 5th, 1888. In August 1853 he united with 
Howell's Baptist church, in Cabarrus Co., and in 1880 was ordained 
to the full work of the gospel ministry, after having preached for a 
number of years as a licentiate. His first work, however, was in the 
capacity of deacon, the duties of which office he discharged nobly, 
winning for himself the CvSteem, affection and full confidence of all w^ho 
knew him. In giving the life and character of this "servant of God," 
it is important to know something of his inner life. 

1. In the first place, let me say he was a close and devout student 
of the word of God, making it the "guide of his youth" and the "lamp 
to his feet." Not having the advantages of either Academical or 
College training, he gave himself to private study of the word, 
endeavoring as nearly as possible to get true and ole^-^ conceptions 
of its teachings. Realizing his own insufficiency to such an extent 
doubtless led him to rely mote fully on the Holy Spirit to guide him 
into truth. This leads us to the second characteristic, and by no means 
the least of his excellent christian qualities. 

2. He was a man of prayer, as was evinced first, by his daily walk 
and conversation; and secondly, by his earnest exhortations to men 
to seek that great and only source of spiritual strength and power. 
He was often seen upon his knees communing v^ith his God and pray- 
ing for enlightenment, that he might enlighten " others and make the 
way plain to them. 

2. Again, he loved to jjreach the gospel. Having been brought to 
the light and to see his own sins through the preaching of the gospel 
he felt that others must hear before they could believe and have like 
hopes and experiences. Often the difficulties that every faithful min- 
ister of the cross has to encounter, would rise mountain high before 
him, but the wings of his faith would lift him over them, so that he 
could say with one of old, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped me." 

4. Again, he ^was thoroughly missionary in spirit and in pratice. 
As a proof of this fact, j'-ou have only to follow his tracks over the 
hills and through the valleys, and from many households you will 
hear expressions like these: "Bro. McCurdy baptized me;" "Bro. 
McCurdj'^ was the first Baptist preacher I ever heard;" "Bro. McCurdy 



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Came into otir house one dark night and the ram was falling in tor- 
rents, while on his way to ; "Bro. McCurdy called in one day 

while there was a heavj' snow on the ground, an usually bad day, oti 

his \v ay from ;" Rest assured that it w^as from some extendetT 

missionar3' tour. He not onty gave his time and talents, but a very 
large part of the means accruing from his ardent manual labors, 
Bro. McCurd\^ gave the first dollar for the building of a house of 
worship in Concord. The fir&tto be baptized in the county, hisloving 
heart went out for the salvation of the souls of those in the leading 
town in the county, God be praised for such a missionar3' I 

5. Again, he was an earnest christian — the grandest encomium 
that can be ascribed by man or God, to man. It was not so muck 
his desire to have it said that he was a christian, but he desired to be 
a christian in deed and in truth. 

6. Again, he was a suffering christian, having received several 
injuries at a cotton gin, and finally a cancer appearing under his left 
arm resulted in his removal from earth to heaven. 

7. Lasth^ and in conclusion, we can safel}'^ sa}', Jacob Monroe 
McCurdj^ was a triumphant christian, "He that endureth to the 
end, the same shall be saved," While my pen is gliding over this 
white page, and, reader, Avhile 3'our eyes are following these lines, the 
spirit of this "servant of God" is at rest in that blessed home which 
our Saviour has gone to prepare; and his consecrated life calls not 
onh^ his companion and his children to meet him there, but his, 
friends, his neighbors, and those for whom he pra3'ed. If, while in 
this world of sin and suffering, he could sing with so much spirit. 
"Jesus lover of my soul. Let me to thj^ bosom fly," sureh', now^, that 
he is safe forever, he can sing the sweet chorus, wit«h the happy reali- 
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Proceedings 



Matthews Baptist Church, \ 
Mecklenburg County, N. C, Oct. 17, 1889. ( 

M' HE Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Baptist Asso- 
<J CIATION met in its fourth annual session at Mat- 
thews on the above date. 

Moderator, Elder E. C. Williams, calls the Association 
to order. 

On motion of Elder A. G. McManaway, the intro- ^ 
ductorv sermon is postponed until to-night. 

The list of churches is called and delegates enrolled as 
follows : 

Arlington— E. C. Williams, E. H. Hinson, E. H. Wil- 
liams. 

Charlotte— J. E. McManaway, I. W. Durham, T. S. 
Franklin. 

Clear Creek— H.W. Pigg, J. M. Adcock, H. T. Baker. 

Cold Water— J. W. Fisher, C. E. Harris. 

Concord— W. S. Sapp. 

Chaney's Hill — W. T. Talbert, Frank Sossamon, J.S. 
Kizer. 

Hopewell— W. A. Honeycutt, C. A. Hudspeth. 

Howell's— J. R. McCurdy. 

Independence Hill— J. L. Cashion. 

Matthews— J. C. Helms, F. C. Hortis, T. J. Renfroe. 

Oak Grove — Not represented. 

Prospect— E. W. Carter, P. A. Carter. 

Wilson's Grove — L. R. Norket, H. L. Helms. W. E. 
Williams. 

The ballot for election of officers resulted as follows : 



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Elder E. C. Williams, Moderator; Elder J. D. Newton, 
Clerk, and Bro. E. H. Hinson, Treasurer. 

Adjourned an hour and a-half for dinner. 

Benediction by Elder McManawav. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Moderator reads the Scriptures and Elder J. E. 
King leads in prayer. 

Pastor and Deacons of this church are appointed a 
Committee on Religious Exercises. 

The Orphanage is made special order for to-morrow 
at 10 o'clock. 

Report on Order of Business is presented as follows: 

This afternoon, State of the Churches; 9:30 to 10, Religious 
Exercises; 10 to 11:30, Orphanage; 11:30 to 12:30, Home Missions; 
2 to 3, Foreign Missions; Saturday, 9:30 to 10, Religious Exercises; 
10 to 12, State Missions; 12 to 12:30, Miscellaneous Business; 2 to 
2:30, Sabbath Schools; 2:30 to 3, Obituaries. 

A. G. McManaway, 
t W. M. Johnson. 

It is adopted. 

State of the Churches is taken up, and interesting and 
encouraering reports are presented by the brethren. 

Adjourned with song. 

Benediction b3^ Elder R. H. James. 

Elder J.D.Newton preached the introductory sermon 
at night from John i., 10: "Andrew, Simon Peter's 
brother." 

SECOND DAY. 

^ MORNING SESSION. 

Religious exercises conducted by Elder Newton. 

The Moderator calls the body to order 

Letter from Independence Hill read and delegates 
enrolled. 

Visiting brethren are recognized, and the following 
reported and welcomed. Elder R. H. James, from Ihe 
Union Association ; Elder J. E. King, from the Green 



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River, and Bro. J. W. Oliver from the Baptist Orphanage. 
The following committees are appointed : 

On Time and Place of Meeting— Elder W. M.Johnson, 
W. S. Sapp, E. H. Williams. 

On Finance— E. H. Hinson, W. T. Tolbert. 

On Obituaries — Elder J. B. Richardson, J.L. Cashion. 

On Periodicals— J. E. McTVlanaway. 

The hour for the special order having arrived, Elder 
James reads the report on the Baptist Orphanage as 
follows : 

REPORT ON BAPTIST OEPHANAGE. 

If anything;!: on earth has God for its father aiid religion for its 
mother, it is the Orphanage at Thomasville. That institution must 
assuredly be heaven-born, as it stoops down to lift the poor fatherless 
from woe and misery and elevate them to a grand and noble life of 
usefulness.- God has wonderfully blessed this institution, and it has 
now one hundred and twelve children to be fed, clothed and trained, 
and they look to Bro, J. H. Mills as their earthly father, and he looks 
to God for food and raiment for this large famih^ of children. 

My brethren, there are orphans that would make men and women 
if people would take them and train them for society; but if we leave 
them to the mercy of this cold world all the manhood and woman- 
hood will be crushed out of them before it matures. It will cost 
more to let them go than to care for, educate and train them. Mr. 
Dugdale has investigated this matter, and says the descendants of one 
uncared-for girl cost the country $167,650, when $50 spent in the 
start in training and educating the mother might have saved them 
all. The majority of children are just what their parents make them\ 
It is true that some children are a failure, but God requires that they 
shall be trained in the way that they should go. So, brethren, let us 
do all we can to help the fatherless, and God will bless us in so doing. 
" Thy will, God, be done on earth, as it is done in heaven." 

R. H. James. 

It is discussed by Bro. J. W. Oliver, Elders James, 
King and Richardson, and adopted. A cash collection 
is taken, amounting to $17.55. 

The report on Home Missions is submitted by Elder 
McManaway as follows : 



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REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

The Southern Baptist ConventioTi has but two Boards. The 
Foreign Board directs its efforts among other nations, and the Home 
Board seeks to supply the destitution in our own Southern States and 
Territories and in the Island of Cuba. Three hundred and twenty- 
eight missionaries labored under the direction of this Board last year, 
and these laborers received into Baptist churches w^ithin that period 
8,402 persons, an average of over twenty-five for each one. These 
figures indicate that the blessing of the Lord is upon this Board, and 
also indicate that we should increase our contributions to a work 
w^hich receives such manifest tokens of His pleasure. The Board asks 
North Carolina Baptists for three times as much this year as we con- 
tributed last year. The money should be sent to Bro. J. D. Boushall, 
Treasurer Baptist State Convention, Raleigh, N. C, by April 15th, 
1890. Let us see that our OMvn Association does her part in rai.sing 
the largely increased amount asked for by the Board. 
Respectfully submitted, 

A. G. McManaway, Committee. 

It is discussed by Bro. J. E. McManaway, the pledges 
taken, and the names of those who are to look after this 
object in the churches may be found on the last page. 

The report is adopted. 

Adjourned an hour and a-half for dinner. 

Benediction by Elder McManaway. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association is called to order by the Moderator. 
After sing^ing, the report on Foreign Missions is read 
by Elder Newton as follows : 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

The last words of Jesus were, " Ye shall be witnesses unto me in 
Jerusalem, Judea, and also in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part 
of the earth." A narrow, contracted idea as to the area embraced in 
the command will not do, for it is evident that the Gospel was intended 
for "every creature." The command is to "go," and it is binding 
upon the churches to send the Gospel as far as possible. There are 
now thirty missionaries from North Carolina laboring in foreign fields 
under the appointment of the Foreign Board. Surely this fact in 
itself should revive our interest in the fields abroad. The need of the 
Board is $150,000. The fields occupied by our Southern missionaries 



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are China, Japan, Brazil, Africa, Italy, Mexico and others. The 
encouragements coming up from these different countries are sufficient 
to lead the Board to press vigorously the work of giving them the 
truth as it is in Jesns. God help us to bear some part, humble though 
it be, in helping these sin-cursed lands. 

Respectfully submitted, J. D. Newton. 

After the discussion by Elders Newton, McManaway, 
Richardson, Johnson and James the report is adopted. 
See pledges for Foreign Missions on last page. 

Report on Time and Place of Next Meeting is as 
follows: 

REPORT ON TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING. 

Independence Hill as the place, and on Thursday before third 
Sunday in October, 1890, at 11 o'clock, a.m., Elder A. G. McManaway 
to preach the sermon. W. M. Johnson, 

W. S. Sapp, 
E. H. Williams. 
Adopted. 

On motion, adjourned with song. . 

Elder McManaway appointed to preach to-night. 

THIRD DAY. 

MORNING SESSION. 

Elder J. C. Stowell conducts devotional exercises. 

The Moderator calls the Association to order, and 
the minutes of yesterday are read and approved. 

Visiting brethren are called on to report. 

Elder C. Durham, Corresponding Secretary of the 
Board of Missions; Elder J. C. Stowell, Elder J. A. 
Spaight, of the Biblical Recorder ; Elders J. W. Davis, 
A. C. Davis, of the Union Association, and Brethren W. 
R. Massey, J. P. Laney, J. T. Funderburk, of South 
Carolina, are welcomed. 

Elder Spaight speaks in the interest of the Biblical 
Recorder. 

Elder C. Durham reads the report on State Mis- 
sions : 



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REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

All that has been done, all that is now being done, and all that 
will be done to give the Gospel to the destitute of our State is properly 
called State Missions. This is true whether the work has been done 
under appointment of the Board of our Baptist State Convention, by 
the Associations, local churches, or undertaken V/ individuals inde- 
pendently without appointment by any human action. For more 
than one hundred years the Baptists of this State have been engaged 
in this work, and we are glad to saj^ that during all these years it has 
never been so large, so hopeful, or so satisfactory in results as during 
this year. The Board has had this year ninety-six missionaries and 
fifteen colporteurs. These have been located in the destitute villages 
and country neighborhoods from the sea to beyond the mountains. 

We recommend : — 

1. That the pastors keep their churches well informed about the 
growth, needs and prospects of State Missions. 

2. That pastors and people be requested to pray the Lord to bless 
this work in the future even more than in the past. 

3. That the churches be urged to give more to the support of this 
work than ever before in the history of our denominational work. 

Committee. 

It is discussed bv Elder C. Dm ham. 
Cash collection taken amounting to $5.07. See 
pledges for State Missions on last page. 
It is adopted. 

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS. 

Elder A. G. McManaway is appointed delegate to the 
Southern Baptist Convention ; Elder J. D. Newton, 
alternate. 

Elder J. B. Richardson, Brethren B. F. Hargett and 
J. E. McManaway are appointed delegates to the Bap- 
tist State Convention. 

Bro. E. H. Hinson reads the report of the Finance 
Committee. (See on last page.) It is adopted. 

On motion, the funds are turned over to the different 
representatives of the Boards, and also the minute fund 
is turned over to the, Clerk of the Association. 

The report on Periodicals is read by Brother J. E. 
McManaway as follows : 



REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

Your committee would recommend that everv Baptist in the State 
should read the Biblical Recorder, as it ranks high as a denominational 
paper, and no other can take its place to a North Carolina Baptist. 
We would also recommend "Our Home Field" and " Foreign Mission 
Journal" — two representatives of the Home and Foreign fields. They 
tell us the glorious work these boards are doing in carrying the good 
news to those who haye it not. We would also recommend "Charity 
and Children," published by the Baptist Orphanage at Thomasville. 

J, E. McManaway. 

On motion, it was adopted. 

Elders A. G. McManaway, J. D. Newton, J. B. Rich- 
ardson, Brethren I. W. Durham and J. L. Cashion are 
elected Executive Committee. 

The following resolution is read by Bro. McManaway : 

That the thanks of this Association are due and are hereby ten- 
dered the members of this church, and the citizens of the community, 
for their kind hospitality during this session. 

J. E. McManaway. 

J. R. MCCURDY. 

Resolution adopted. 

On motion, Sunday-Schools is made the order for 10 
o'clock to-morrow. 

On motion, the Clerk is allowed $10.00 for his 
services. 

Collection is taken to refund the amount advanced on 
last year for minutes, amounting to $3.25. 

By request, the following is prepared for the minutes 
by the Clerk on Education : 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

The education of our people is a positive dut3'', and especially the 
education of young men called of God to preach His Gospel. There 
are about thirty-five young ministers now at Wake Forest College, 
all dependent on the Education Board for the means necessary to 
pursue their studies. Let every church in our Association take at 
least one collection during the year for this worthy object. 

By request the followins: on Obituaries is prepared by 
the Clerk for the minutes : 



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REPORT ON OBITUARIES. 

Bro.W. J. P. Liddell, a member of the Baptist church in Charlotte, 
has, during the past year, been called to his reward on high. He was 
a consecrated deacon, a beloved husband and father, a noble worker 
in every good cause, a man highly esteemed and honored by his church 
and by the citizens of the town in which he lived, but God knows how 
He can best glorify Himself, and He never makes a mistake, so He 
called His servant to a higher position, and to-day, doubtless, he is 
sitting with Christ on His throne. 

Bro. U. C. Small, a member and deacon of Clear Creek Baptist 
church, was called from;^his labors on earth to join the redeemed in the 
skies. He leaves a wife and several children and a host of brethren 
and friends to mourn his departure, but the period of separation will 
not be long for^those who follow him, for we believe that he was 
faithful_unto death, and therefore has received a crown of life. 

Others also, whose names do not appear on this page, have passed 
away and are basking in the light of God's eternal presence. " Be ye 
also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man 
cometh." 

On motion, the Association adjourned to meet at 
Independence Hill on Thursday before the third Sunday 
in October,.1890. 

Elder C. Durham leads in a fervent prayer for the 
blessing of the Lord upon the work of the Association 
and its future efforts. 

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Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 



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HELD WITH THE 



Independence Hill Baptist Church, 

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N. C, ■ 
OCTOBER i7-i8, 1890. 

Elder J. A. HOYLE, Modekatok Iron Station. 

Elder J. D. NEWTON, Clerk Concord, N. O. 

E. H. HINSON, Treasurer Arlington. 



CONCORD, N. C: 

The Standard Book and Job Printing House. 
1890. 



PROCEEDINGS 



Indepen"dence Hill Baptist Church, 
Mecklenburg County, jST. C, October 17, 1890. 

THE Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Baptist Associa- 
tion met ill its fifth annual session at Independence 
Hill on the above date. The inclemency of the weather 
prevented the meeting of the Association at tiie appointed 
time yesterday. 

■ The Modera,tor being absent, the Clerlv' called the Asso- 
ciation to order after reading the Scriptures and prayer. 

The list of ch arches is called and messengers enrolled as 
follows : 

Aninoton— E. H. Ilinson, J. E. Lemon, Daniel Hill, W. 
M. Connell. 

Chaney's Hill — Not represented. 

Clear Creek— H. W. Pigg. 

Charlotte — A. G. McManaway, I. W. Dnrham. 

Cold Water— W. T. Talberr, Levi A. Talbert. 

Concord — M. J. Calloway. 

Hopewell — C M. Winecoff, H. B. Honeycutt. 

HowelFs- J. R. McCnrdy, D. W. Garmon. 

Independence Hill — A. N. Hinson, H. 1^. Blackman, J. 
L. Cashion. 

Matthews — AVilliam Johnson, T. G. Ervin. 

Prospect — 0. G. Lowder. 

Wilson's Grove— L. R. Norket, H. L. Helnis, W. H. 
Norket. 

On motion, the officers are elected by acclamation. Elder 
J. A. Hoyle is elected Moderator; Elder J. D. Newton, Clerk ; 
Bro, E. H. Hinson, Treasurer. 

The Moderator appoints the following committees: 



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State Missions, j 

Foreign Missions, [ Elder W. A. Pool. 

Home Missions, J 

Orphrinao^e— Elder J. D. Netvton. 

EdiTca ion — Elder A. G. McManaway. 

Sundny-Schools — T. W. Durham. 

Order of Busintss — A. G. McManaway, J. R. McCurdy, 
W. T. Talbert. 

Religions Exercises — Pastor and Deacons of this church. 

Time and Place of Next Meeting — E. H. Hinson, L. R, 
Xorket, A. N". Hinson, 0. G. Lovvder. 

Periodicals — Elder C. J. Woodson. 

Finance — E. H. Hinson. 

Elder McManaway submits the following on Order of 
Business : 

KEPOET ON OKDEK OF BUSINESS. 

Education, 1:30 to 2:30; Periodicals, 2:30 to 3:30; Miscellaneous 
Business, 3,30 to adjournment. Adjourn at will. 

Saturday— Religious Exercises, 9:30 to 10; Missions, 10 to 12:30 ; 
adjourn for one hour. Orphanage, 1:30 to 2:30 ; Sabbath Schools, 2:30 
to 3; State of tne Churches and MiscelLineous Business. Adjourn at 

will. A. G. McManaway, 

J. R. McCURDY, 
W. T. TALBERT. 
It is adopted. 

On motion, Elder W. A. Pool is appointed to preach the 
introductory sermon in this house to night. 

Visiting brethren are called, and Elder W. A. Pool, of 
the South Yadkin Association, responds, having come to rep- 
resent State Miss'.ons ; Elder 0, J. Woodson comes in interest 
of the Biblical Recorder and Charity and Children. 

On motion, adjonrned with prayer by Elder McManaway 
for one hour. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Moderator calls the Association to order, Elder C. J. 
Woodson leads in prayer. 

Bro. E. H. Hinson reports on Time and Place of Next 
Meeting as follows : 



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REPORT ON TIME AND PLACK OF NEXT MEETING. 

Wilson's Grove as the place, and on Thursday before Ihe third 
Sunday in October, 1891 ; Elder J. A Hoyle to preach the introductory 
sermon. E. H. HIN SON, 

L. R. NORKET, 
A. N. HINSON, 
O. G. LOWDER. 
Elder Newton reads the following on Education: 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

Your committee would remind the A.ssooiatioa of the fact that 
help given to ministerial students is a help to the cause at homs and 
the ca»se abroad. In the years that are before us we shall need edu- 
cate.! men more than ever before, and if we are to have them when 
needed Ave must prepare them now. The young men who are called 
to preach are willing to give the time and the labor necessary to full 
preparation ; so let the rest of us see to it that they are not stopped 
in their course by lack of meaus to pay their board. In this, as in 
other directions, the Lord loves the cheerful giver. 

A. G. McMANAWAY. 

It is discussed by Elders W. A. Pool, 0. J. AVoodson, A. 
VV. Crabtree, J. D. Newton. The report is adopted, after 
pledges are taken. See on last pnge. 

Elder Woodson submits the following on Periodicals: 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

A well couil acted religious journal is a necessity in every home- 
stead, and its influence as a factor in the formation and development 
of Christian character cannot be over estimated. In this connection 
we take pleasure in recommending the Biblical Recorder as a bold, 
fearless and uncompromising exponent and advocate of our distinctive 
tenets. It is ably edited by Revs. C, T. Bailey and J. A. Speight. The 
subscription price is $2.00, and every Baptist ought to take it. We 
would also recommend as eminentl}' worthy of our patronage Charity 
and Children, published at Thomasville, the organ of the Biptist 
Orphanage. We also speak of the Foreign Mission Journal, published 
ifi Richmond under the auspices of the Foreign Mission Board of the 
Southern Baptist Convention. C. J. WOODSON. 

The report is discussed by Elders Wooason and Pool and 

adopted. 

On motion, adjourned with prayer by Elder Newton. 



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SATURDAY— MoRxixG Session. 

Elder A, W. Crabtree conduct j deYotional exercises for a 
half hour, after which the Moderator calls the Association to 
order. 

Minutes of previous dav read and approved. ^ 

On motion, the r«'i;ular order is postponed for a half 
hour tnat we may transact the miscellaneous business. 

On motion, J. R. McOu^'dy, J. D. Newton, J. L. Ca^liion, 
WiUiam Johnson, A. W. Crabtree, D. W. Gorman, A. G. 
McManavvay and Baxter Cashion are elected delegates^to the 
Baptist State Convention. 

On motion. Elder J. D. Newron is elected delegate to the 
Southern Baptist Convention; Elder A G. NcManaway, alrer- 
nate. 

Elder W. A. Pool submits the folio ving on State, Home 
and Foreign Missions : 

KEPOET ON IMISSIONS. 

Missions have been divided for conveniencein work into Foreii!:n, 
Home and State Missions. 

FouEiGN iVissiONS. — The command of our Blessed Saviour when 
he went up to ft'lory was " go into all the world and preach the Gospel 
to ever}^ creature." In ebedience to this command we have mission- 
aries in China, Japan, Africa, Italy, South America and Mexico whom 
we are under obligations to support while they preach the Gospel to 
those people and teach them the way of life. To accomphsh this 
noble work the Foreign Mission Board asks North Caro]ina Baptists 
to contribute $8,000,00, and it should be a pleasure to us to give a 
liberal part of this sum, and, above all, pray earnestly for God's 
blessings on the work. 

Home Missions. — The Home Mission Board of the Southern Bap- 
tist Convention is doing what ii can to obey tlie command by sending 
the Gospel in all the destitute places in the Southern States, among 
the Indians and in the Island of Cuba. To accomplish this work 
North Carolina is requested to give not less than |5, 000.00. This is 
a great work. It should be a great pleasure for us to engage heartily 
in this great work. The Loid has greatly blessed this w^orla^ and we 
should be encouraged to go forward with renewed zeal in the accom- 
plishment of still greater things for God and the salvation of souls 
in this department of Christian work. 

State Missions. — In this work we are trying to have the Gospel 



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preached in every neighborhood in the State with tlie view of con - 
stituting a Baptist church in every section of North Carolina. This 
is a grand undertaking. Do we appreciate it ? The State Board of 
Missions was instructed by the Baptist State Convention last fall to 
expend on this work $15,000.00 during the present conventional year. 
If we take apparent evidences of success as a proof of Divine ap- 
proval, we know of no work that gives greater evidence of God's 
favor, and there is no work that lies nearer our hearts. 

W. A. POOL. 
J. L. CASHIOK 
J. R. McCURDY. 
It is discussed by Elders Pool, Woodson and Johnson. 
The pledges for the three objects are taken and may be found 
on the last page. 

Adjourned for one hour. 

AFTERNOON SESSIONS'. 

Prayer is offered by Elder Woodson, and the Moderator 
calls the Association to order. 

Bro. E. H. Rinson reads the r<jpo^t of the Committee on 
Finance. See the financial table. 

It is adopted. 

Elder A. W. Crabtree submits the following report on 
Sunday Schools: , 

REPORT ON SUNDAY-SCHOOLS. 

The Lord has given us one day in seven to rest, to teach, and 
hear His word taught. There are few ways in which we can do more 
in teaching; our children the doctrines of the Bible than by gathering 
them together on the Lord's day to study His word in a well con- 
ducted Sabbath school. We are glad to note that all the churches of 
this Association report Sunday schools. We desire to encourage the 
churches to greater efilciency in the good work. May the time come, 
and that soon, when there shall be a good Sunday-school in every 
neighborhood within our bounds. A. W. CRABTREE. 

On motion, the discussion of tnis question is postponed 
till tomorrow morning at ten o'clock. 

The report is adopted. 

The following report on Baptist Orphanage is presented 
by Elder Newton : 

REPORT ON BAPTIST ORPHANAGE. 

There are now 180 orphans in the Baptist Orphanage at Thomas- 



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ville, and these have to be fed and clothed by the voluntary contribu- 
tions of the Baptists of the State. The work we do for these dear 
children we do to Christ. In the great day He is going to say to 
those who have fed and clothed the fatherless, " Inasmuch as ye did 
it unto one of these my brethren, ye did it unto me." 

J. D. NEWTON, 

It is discussed by Elders Newton, Woodhouse, Pool and 
Crabtree. After a cash collection the report is adopted. 

The following resolution is read and unanimously adopted : 
That we return thanks to this church and community for their 
kind hospitality to the messengers and visitors of the Association. 

E. H. HINSON. 

On motion, the Treasurer is authorized to turn over the 
minute fund to the clerk, and the other funds on hand to the 
different objects of the Convention. 

On motion, the Association agreed to meet in the capacity 
of a union meeting for the purpose of discussing missions and 
other subjects of interest on Friday before every fifth Sunday 
in the year. 

On motion, Wilson's Grove is chosen as the place of the 
first meeting, Friday before the fifth Sunday in November, 
1890. Each church in the Association is requested to send 
three delegates to this meeting. 

On motion, Elders A. G. McManaway, J. D. Newton, J, 
B. Richardson, Brethren I. W. Durham and J. L. Cashion are 
continued as Executive Committee. aJ p / 

The Committee on Religious Exercises reports that Elder 
J. A. Hoyle will preach in this house tonight, and that Elder 
J. D. Newton will preach tomorrow at eleven o'clock. 

On motion, adjourned to meet at Wilson's Grove on 
Thursday before the third Sunday in October, 1891. 

Elder W. A. Pool leads in prayer. 

Eldep, J. A. Hoyle, Moderator. 
Elder J. D. Newton, Clerk. 



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WILSON'S GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH, 

Mecki^kneurg Co., N. C, Oct. 15, 1891. 

J^HK MBCKIvENBURG AND CABARRUS BAPTIST ASSOCIA- 
v-/ TION met in its Sixth Annual Session and was called to order 
by Moderator, Rev. J. A. Hoyle. Devotional Exercises were 
conducted by Rev. A. W. Crabtree. Letters from the Churches were 
read and delegates enrolled as follows : 

ARLINGTON— E. H. Hinson, E. H. Williams, Daniel Hill, J. M. 
Phillips. 

TRYON STREET— S. P. Smith, I. W. Durham, J. O. Bell. 

CLEAR CREEK— J. D. Helms, J. S. Reader, J. T. Estridge. 

COLD WATER— W. T. Talbert, J. D. Smith. 

CONCORD— W. S. Sapp, A. W. Morgan. 

CHANEY'S HILL— J. T. Burriss. 

HOPEWELL— Levi Johnson, W. R. Small, W. H. Honeycut. 

HO WELLS— J. R. McCurdy, N. S. Stowe, John Hatby. 

INDEPENDENCE HILL— J. L. Cashion, A. N. Hinson, C. J. 
Black, J. L. Hinson. 

MATTHEWS— E. J. Funderburk, J. E. Sustarr. 

OLIVET— J. K. Purefoy, J. M. Adcock, C. Gresham. 

PROSPECT— Lindsey Louder. 

WILSON'S GROVE— D. Ellington, D. W. Helms, M. M. Norket. 

The following officers were elected : S. P. Smith, Moderator ; I. W. 
Durham, Clerk ; E. H. Hinson, Treasurer. 

Chair appointed the following committees : Rev. A. G. McMana- 
way, D. M. Austin and W. M. Johnston on order of business. Rev. 
J. A. Hoyle, W. M. Johnson, A. W. Crabtree on requests and querries. 

Adjourned one hour. 



4 

FIRST DAY— Afternoon Session. 



After devotional exercises the following visiting brethren were 
welcomed: Rev. J. N. Stallings, of High Point; Rev. R. H.James, 
J. E. Rowel, Rev. J. A. Bivins, from Union Association and Rev. J. W. 
Griffin, from Stanly Association. 

On motion the introductory sermon was preached by Rev. J. A. 
Hoyle, from Luke xix. 13, "Occupy till I come." 

Chair appointed the following Finance Committee : B- H. Hinson, 
J. R. McCurdy and B. J. Funderburk. 

Committee on order of business reported as follows, which was 
adopted : 

Education — Friday 10 a. m. — Rev. W. M. Johnson. 
Foreign Missions — Friday 11 a. m. — Rev. J. A. Hoyle. 
Home Missions — Friday 2 p. m. — Rev. A. G. McManaway. 
Orphanage— Saturday 10 a. m. — Rev. A. W. Crabtree. 
State Missions— Saturday I r a. m. — Rev. D. M. Austin. 
Sunday Schools — Saturday 2 p. m. — Rev. J. E. McManaway, 

Committee on Religious Exercises — S. P. Smith, B. J. Funderburk 
and E. H. Hinson. 

Committee on Periodicals — ^J. L. Cashion, J. R. McCurdy. 
Committee on Time and Place — W. T. Talbert, J. K. Purefoy and 
J. O. Bell. 

Committee on Requests and Queries offered the following report : 
We have examined the Articles of Faith presented by the Olivet Bap- 
tist Church, of Charlotte, N. C, and find it to be Orthodox. We there- 
fore recommend its reception into the fellowship of this Association. 
Adopted. 

J. A. HOYIvE, ) 

W. M. JOHNSON, V Committee. 
A. W. CRABTREE, ) 
Motion prevailed to meet at 9:30, adjourn at 12, meet at i and ad- 
journ at will. 

On motion, adjourned. 

SECOND DAY— Morning Session. 



After Devotional Exercises the Moderator called the Association 
to order. Minutes read and approved. On motion regular order was 
suspended for consideration of Executive Committee's work in the 
Association. Discussed by brethren D. M. Austin, W. R. Small, J. T. 
Burriss, J. K. Purefoy and others, urging the importance of larger 
contributions and cultivating destitute places in the Association. 

Report on Education — Your committee would say to this Associa- 
tion that we should hold in high esteem the higher order of education 
for our people, and especially for those who are called to teach in 



public. We advise this as a means of protection against many evils 
that at the present, and has in the past, given us much trouble. 

W. M. JOHNSON. 

Discussed by W. M. Johnson, J. N. Stallings, A. G. McManaway. 
Adopted. 

For pledges see Financial Report. 
Adjourned for dinner. 



SECOND DAY— Afternoon Session. 



Committee on Time and Place of next meeting recommended 
Cold Water Church as the place, and time same as this year, Thursday 
before third Sunday in October, 1892, Rev. D. M. Austin to preach the 
introductory sermon. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

It appears that the Lord has conferred special honor on the Bap- 
tists of North Carolina, in calling so many of our brethren to foreign 
fields to preach the Gospel. W^e should feel it a great privilege to 
sustain them by our prayers and contributions, while they are breaking 
the Bread of Life to perishing souls. The Baptists of the South have 
Missionaries in China, Africa, Italy, Brazil, Mexico and islands of the 
seas. From these fields we hear the cry for help from more than a 
billion souls. Let the response from every Baptist in North Carolina 
be, I'll go. if not in person, in means. Our Missionaries are making a 
great effort to rescue the perishing, they need our aid. God is saying 
go. The marching orders from our Blessed Master was, "Go ye into 
all the world and preach the Gospel," etc., let us obey the Divine com- 
mand. J. A. HOYLE. 

Discussed by D. M. Austin, J. N. Stallings and C. Gresham. For 
pledges see Financial Report, adopted. 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

Your committee congratulates the Association on the increasing 
prosperity of the work committed to the Home Llission Board. More 
Missionaries have been appointed and more work done than ever before. 
But this increase of work means additional expense, and the churches 
must meet the enlarged demand or the work will suffer. Let the 
churches of this Association increase their contributions to this Board 
to the extent of their ability. Respectfully submitted. 
Adopted. 

A. G. McMANAWAY. 

On motion, adjourned. 



THIRD DAY— Morning Session. 



After singing, and prayer by Rev. J. L. Bennett, the Moderator 
called the Association to order. Minutes read and adopted. 

REPORT ON ORPHANAGE. 

Located in Thomasville, is an institution which commends itself 
to the sympathy of our people, and is worthy of their support. We 
now have about 130 children there to be fed, clothed, educated and 



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christianized. We are told that pnre and undefiled religion before 
God is to visit the fatherless in their affliction. Respectfully submitted.. 

A. W. CRABTRKE. 

Discussed by Cfabtree, Burriss, James and others. D. M. Austin 
offered the following amendment — That all churches in the Association 
be earnestly requested to take collection for this object — carried. 
Report adopted. 

Rev. J. Iv. Bennett was welcomed from Union Association and Rev. 
M, ly. Kesler from Central Association. 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

It is the object of the State Mission j^oard to have the Gospel 
preached as held by Baptists in every community in North Carolina. 
The Board at our last convention was instructed to expend $16,500 for 
State Missions this conventional year. The Board has this year under 
its supervision 118 Missionaries. The Lord has wonderfully blessed 
this work in the salvation of many souls, and in the organization of 
many churches and Sunday schools. This Board is entirely dependent 
on the contributions of our churches for the prosecution of this work. 
Respectfully submitted. D. M. AUSTIN. 

Discussed by D. M. Austin, J. L. Bennett, A. W. Crabtree, A. J. 
Hoyle. Adopted. See Financial Report for pledges. 

Adjourned for dinner. 



THIRD DAY— Afternoon Session. 



Pra3^er by Bro. Austin. Moderator called Association to order. 
Delegates elected to Baptist State Convention as follows : J. R. 
McCurdy, J. E- Funderburk, F. M. Hinson and J. D. Smith. Delegates 
to Southern Baptist Convention : Rev. D. M. Austin, alternate, C. 
Gresham . 

REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE. 

E. H. Hinson, J. E. P'underburk and J. R. McCurdy submitted 
financial report. See Financial Table. Report adopted. 
On motion Clerk was allowed $10 for his services. 

REPORT ON PERIODICAI.S. 

Your committee would urge upon the minds of our people the im- 
portance of the general diffusion of religious knowledge, and the more 
general reading of our denominational periodicals. We heartily com- 
mend to the members of our churches the Biblical Recorder and the 
North Carolina Baptist, as sound in Doctrine and progressive in spirit, 
and helpful to our members in the work that the Lord has called us to 
do. We commend Kind Words Sunday school series, to our schools ; 
also the Foreign Mission Journal, Charity and Children and Flome 
Field. Also recommend that the churches appoint a committee to 
supply the poor with our religious papers. J. R. McCURDY, 

J. Iv. CASHION. 

Discussed by J. R. McCurdy, D. M. Austin and V. M. Hinson. 
Adopted. 

In the absence of Rev. J. E. McManaway, Bro. C. Gresham read 
report on Sunday Schools, as follows : The Lord has given us one day 
in seven to rest, teach and hear his word taught. There are few ways 



in which we can do nio're in teaching our children the Doctrines of the 
Bible than by gathering them together on the Lord's day to study His 
word in a well conducted Sabbath school. We desire to encourage the 
churches to greater efficiency in the good work. May the time come 
soon when there shall be a good Sunday school in every neighborhood 
within our bounds. C. GRESHAM. 

Discussed by C. Gresliam, M. L. Kestler, A. G. McManaway and 
D. M. Austin. On motion of D. M. Austin, a committee of three was 
appointed to arrange programmes and appoint places for the Union 
meetings for this associational year. Committee appojnted : D. M. 
Austin, I. W. Durham and W, M. Johnson. Report as amended, was 
adopted. Chair appointed following Executive Committee : A. G. 
McManaway, D. M. Austin, J. L. Cashion, I. W. Durham and E. H. 
Hinson. 

The following resolution of thanks was adopted : 

Resolved^ That we return our thanks to the people of Wilson 
Grove Church for their kind hospitality during this session. 

J. R. McCURDY. 

On motion the Executive Committee was instructed to arrange a 
programme for the Missionary Celebration at next Association. 

OBITUARIES. 

Rev. Elam Cuthbertson Williams died March nth, 1891, aged 78 
years. 60 years ago he joined the church and for 57 years was a 
preacher of the Gospel. He was the pioneer Baptist minister for all 
the Clear Creek section, and he did his work at his own risk and ex- 
penses. As Pastor, Moderator of the Association, father, friend and 
citizen, he did his duty as he saw it, and has now entered upon his re- 
ward. 

Bro. McCarry Wilson Ferguson was for more than 20 years a mem- 
ber of Cold Water Church. He died last August. During his church 
life he tried to be as he expressed it, "a man for Jesus," and as such he 
entered into rest. 

On motion adjourned. 

S. P. SMITH, Moderator. 

I. W. DURHAM, Clerk. 

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MINUTES 



SEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION 



Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Baptist Association 



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Cold Water Baptist Church, 



Mecklenburg County, 



October ts^i^, 1892. 




IVEINUXES 



SEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION 



Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Baptist Asssciation 



HELD wrrH 



Cold Water Baptist Church, 



Mecklenburg County, 



October i3''i6, 1893. 



CHARLOTTE, N, C, 

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1893. 



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COLD WATER BAPTIST CHURCH, 

Cabarrus Co., N. C, Oct. 13, 1892. 

n^HE MECKLENBURG AND CABARRUS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION met 
1 in its Seventh Annual Session and was called to order by the Moderator, S. P. 
Smith. After devotional exercises the letters from the Churches were read and 
delegates enrolled as follows : 

ARLINGTON— E. H. Hinson, W. M. Connell, E. H. Williams, Daniel Hill. 

CHARLOTTE TRYON STREET— S. P. Smith, I. W. Durham. 

CLEAR CREEK— R. H. McManns W. J. Estridge, H. W. Pigg. 

COLD WATER— J. W. Springer, T. V. Tolbert. 

CONCORD— W. J. Black, F. P. Smith, J. M. Calaway. 

CHANEY'S HILL— C. P. Sorsoman, J L. Keyser, J. S. Keyser. 

HOPEWELL— G. M. Winecoff, Andrew Barnette. 

HOWELLS— J. R. McCurdy, G. H. Garmon, H. T. Stowe. 

INDEPENDENCE HILL— A. N. Hinson, J. L. Cashion, J. C. Black, }. L. 
Hinson. 

MATTHEWS— Rev. W. M. Johnson, Rev. J. W. Abernathy. 

OLIVET— C. Gresham, J. K. Purefoy. 

PROSPECT— T. S. Carter, W. A. Marks, Rev. B. H. Carter. 

WILSON'S GROVE— H. L. Helms. 

OAK GROVE— H. M. Monson, J. W. Whittington, J. C. Smith. 

The following officers were elected : S. P. Smith, Moderator; I. W. Durham, 
Clerk; C. Gresham, Treasurer. 

The Chair appointed the following committees, on application of Oak Grove 
Church: Revs. D. M. Anstin, W. M. Johnston, J A. Hoyle on order of business. 
Rev. A. W. Crabtree, J. R. McCurdy, C. Gresham. On motion adjurned for one 
hour. 



4 

FIRST DAY— Afternoon Session. 



After devotional exercises the Chair welcomed to the privileges of the Associa- 
tion Revs. J. N. Stallings, R, H. James and J. A. Hoyle from sister Associations. 
Letter was read from Oak Grove Baptist Church asking for admission, and on 
recommendation of Committee was admitted into this Association, 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ORDER OF BUSINESS. 
Report on Education at 2.30 by Rev. J O, Alderman. 
Report on Home Missions 3.30 by Rev. J. A. Hoyle. 
Report on State Missions 10 a. m. Friday by Rev. D M. Austin. 
Report on Foreign Missions 11 a. m. Friday by Rev. A. W. Crabtree. 
Report on Sunday Schools 1.30 p. m. Friday by I. W. Durham. 
Report on Orphanage 2.30 p. m. Friday by Rev T. J. James. 
Report on Periodicals 10 a. m. Saturday by J. C. Cadell. 
Miscellaneous busiuess. Adopted. 
Chair appointed the following Committees ; 

On Finance— J. R. McCurday, J. K. Purefoy, E. H. Williams, C. Gresham. 
Religious Exercises — Pastor and Deacons of this Church. 
Requests and Queries — E. H. Hinson, F. P. Smith, J L. Keyser. 
Obituaries— Rev. W. M. Johnson, J. L. Cashion, H. L. Helms. 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

In the beginning God created man in his own image and constituted him Lord 
of the Universe, a high and excellent position. Hence man owes himself a 
duty. He should approach as near as possible Him in whose image he was made, 
and fit himself as nearly as possible for the office of lord of creation. 

This requires knowledge ; hence education demands of him a welcome. Man 
owes his family a duty ; ignorance is a greater curse than poverty. Man owes his 
country a duty. Education gives strength both physical and moral. But a country 
is educated only as its citizens are educated. Man owes his relieion a duty. For 
him to get the benefit of his religion, and his religion to get the benefit of his 
service, that service must be intelligent. Hence a more general and thorough 
education would add much to a man's religion. Lastly, a minister especially owes 
a duty. "If the blind lead the blind, they shall both fall into the ditch." While 
education cannot make a minister, its absence cannot. And especially does the 
Church owe it to herself to make her minister — her leader — as capable and effective 
as possible. J. O. ALDERMAN. 

Discussed by Rev. J. N. Stallings, J. O. Alderman, C. Gresham, A. W. 
Crabtree, S. P. Smith, J. A. Hoyle and D. M. Austin. Adopted. The following 
individual pledges were made to Ministerial Education: J. D. Smith ^i.oo, J- W. 
Springer ^i.oo. W. T. Tolbert ^i.oo, E. H. Hinson paid ^i.oo, S. P. Smith 
paid $5.00. 

Sermon to-night by Rev. D. M. Austin. 

Adjourned until 9 a. m. tomorrow. 

SECOND DAY— Morning Session. 



Devotional exercises by Rev. A. W. Crabtree. Minutes read and approved. 
Chair welcomed Rev. J. F. Hodges from Stanley Association. 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

That department of the mission work of the Churches co-operative with the 
Southern Baptist Convention known as "Home Missions" is in charge of the 



Home Mission Board located at Atlanta, Ga., and has for its object the supplying 
of the gospel as Baptists believe it, and preach it, as follows ; 

1st. To our native white people in the States and Territories within the bounds 
of the Southern Baptist Convention in those sections in which no Association or 
other state organization is operating, and of aiding those organizations too weak to 
fully perform the work within their own bounds. 

2nd. To the foreign population immigrating to said bounds, in their own 
languages. 

3rd. lb the Indians within said bounds. 

4th. To the negroes within said bounds. 

5th. To the Island of Cuba. 

Your Committee recommends that the pastors bring this matter before the 
Churches and get as many members as possible to subscribe for "Our Home Field," 
a monthly published by said Board, at Atlanta, at 25 cents a year. Brethren, let 
us all get all the information possible, then fully perform our duty. 

J. N. STALLINGS. 

Discused by J. N. Stallings, C. Gresham, J. A. Hoyle, W. M. Johnson, A. 
W. Crabtree and J. F. Hodges. Adopted. 

Adjourned for one hour. 

SECOND DAY— Afternoon Session. 



On motion the following Committee was appointed on time and place of next 
meeting. Rev W. M. Johnson, J. W. Springer, I. W. Durham. 
REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

This feature of our work, as we believe, is largely the foundation for all of our 
other Mission interests. State Missions has as its first object the preaching of the 
gospel, as Baptists believe it in every country district, village, town and city in 
North Carolina. Through the influence of this Board it is possible for us to reach 
the masses of the people in every section of our grand old State. 

For this Conventional year the Board has in its employ one hundred Mission- 
aries; they are the Lord's servants preaching in destitute sections, and largely to 
the poor of the land. The Board is instructed to expend $15,000 this year in this 
work. Respectfully submitted. 

D. M. AUSTIN. 

Discussed by Rev. D, M. Austin and Rev. R. H. James. Adopted. Rev. 
Jas. Snyder was welcomed to the privileges of the Association. 

REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOI S. 

It is impossible to estimate the importance of this department of Church work. 
It is here we received, and our children may receive, the earliest impressions for a 
life of service for God, it was here the pure word of God, that is able to make us wise 
unto salvation, first found lodgment in our young heart and mind, and wnich 
remain with us through life. It was there we memorized the "Sermon on the 
Mount" and muce other scripture. The Word, memorized in youth, is not apt to be 
mis-quoted and perverted, as is often done. 

As the twig is bent the tree is inclined, so is the future usefulness of the child 
shaped, and its destiny largely determined. The future of the Church depends to a 
very great extent, on the work done in our Sunday Schools. Let this department 
of Church work lag, and in the same proportion will the cause of Christ suffer in 
our hands. Respectfully submitted, 

I. W. DURHAM, 



Discussed by I. W, Durham, Rev. J, N. Stallings, Rev, J, O. Alderman, Rev. 
J. F. Hodges, Rev. Jas. Snyder, Rev. J. A. Hoyle. Adopted. 

Committee on time and place of next meeting recommended Olivet Church, 
Charlotte. Adopted. Services to-night by Rev. J. A. Hoyle. 
Adjourned until tomorrow A. M. 

THIRD DAY— Morning Session. 



Religious exercises conducted by Rev. J. F. Hodges. Association called to 
order by the moderator. Brethren J. C. Caddell and J. H. Edwards of the 
Recorder and Orphanage, respectively, were welcomed to seats. 
RErORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

The Church of Jesus Christ is under marching orders; the command of her 
Lord, ere he left the earth, was, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to 
every creature." The duty we owe to God and to mankind is to send into all the 
dark places of the earth the messengers of salvation. The command to every 
redeemed soul is go or send. 800,000,000 of our fellowmen are still in Pagan 
darkness, perishing for the Word. What are the 1,250,000 of white Baptists in 
these Southern States doing toward carrying out this order of our great Captain ? 
We have in China 37 Missionaries with 5 ordained natives, aided by 24 native 
assistants. In Atrica we have 10 Missionaries with 6 assistants. In Italy 3 with 13 
ordained natives. In Brazil 11 with 4 assistants. In Mexico 20 and in Japan 4. 
Nearly half of these are females. He that gave the command to go, also said. " Lo 
I am with you always " The work of grace on our Mission fields is more marked 
than upon the Churches in our own land. The power of the Holy Spirit in this work 
has been seen in oft recurring Penticosts, like those two wonderful revivals in the 
Lone Star Mission of our Northern brethren which added thousands to the Church 
at Ongole. Respectfully submitted, 

A. W. CRABTREE. 

Discussed by A. W. Crabtree, R. H. James, J. F. Hodges. Adopted. 
REPORT ON ORPHANAGE. 

The Baptist Orphanage is located at Thomasville and is the property of the 
Baptists of North Carolina. At present there are about 125 children at this institution 
dependant upon the contributions of tne good people of the State for food, clothes 
and education. Therefore this Association requests: ist. That all the Pastors of 
Churches composing this body bring this work before their people at least once 
during the year, and take a collection for same. 2nd. That Superintendents of 
Sunday Schools give the children a chance to contribute monthly. We also 
recommend "Charity and Children," a paper published at the Orphanage, weekly 
at ^i.oo per year. Respectfully submi ted, 

COMMITTEE. 

Discussed by J. h. Edwards, J. F. Hodges, R. H. James. Adopted. Collec- 
tion was taken amounting to $3.47. 

On motion adjourned. 

THIRD DAY— Afternoon Session, 



Prayer by Rev. J. O. Alderman. Following delegates were appointed to the 
Baptist State Convention: Rev. D. M. Austin, S. P. Smith, J. R. McCurdy, Rev. J. 
O. Alderman, E. H. Williams and Rev. A. W. Crabtree. To Southern Baptist, 



Convention, Rev. D. M. Austin, alternate S. P. Smith. To Union Association 
Rev. W. M. Johnson and Rev. A. W. Crabtree. To King's Mountain Association 
A. N. Hinson. Following Executive Board was appointed: S. P. Smith, C. Gresham 
I. W. Durham, W. M. Johnson and J. R McCurdy. 

A correspondence was read from brother C. A. Woodson upon which a 
resolution was adopted requesting a collection during the year from each Church 
for the Ministers' Relief Board. 

Periodicals discussed by Brother J- C. Caddell of the "Biblical Recorder." 
On motion the Clerk is paid ^lo for his services. 

To preach introductory sermon next year, Rev. J. O. Alderman. Alternate 
Rev. A. W. Crabtree. 

REPORT ON OBITUARIES. 

We find that during the year seventeen of our brethren and sisters have died. 
The above fact should remind us that we are passing away one by one, some of us 
who have met here together may never meet again on earth. We extend our heart- 
felt sympathy to the bereaved. ' W. M. JOHNSON. 

Rev. J. O. Alderman was appointed a committee of one on programme for the 
Union meetings for the eusuing year. 

Following resolution of thanks was adopted. Resolved that this Association 
tender a vote of thanks for the kind hospitality shown us by the Cold Water Church 
and community. 

On motion adjourned, 

S. P. SMITH, Moderator. 

I. W. DURHAM, Clerk. 




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MINUXES 



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EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION 



Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Baptist Association 



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Olivet Baptist Church, 



Cabarrus County, 



MINUTES 



EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
BaptivSt Association 



HELD WITH 



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Cabarrus County, 



October i3''i4, 1893. 



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OLIVET BAPTIST CHURCH, 

Charlotte, N. C, Oct. 12. 1893. 

n^HE MECKLENBURG AND CABARRUS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION met 
J_ in its Eight Annual Session, and was opened with devotional exercises conducted 
by Rev, O. L. Stringfield. In the absence of the Moderator, Bro. S P. Smith, the 
Association was called to order by Rev, Dr. T. H. Pritchard, who preached from 
1st John 2: 1-2. 

Letters were read from the Churches, and the following delegates enrolled : 

ARLINGTON— E. H. Hinson, W. M. Connell. 

TRYON STREET— W. C. Dowd, Dr. C. G. McManaway, I. W. Durham. 

CLEAR CREEK— R. H. McManus. 

COLD WATER— W. J. Brafford, J, E. Fisher. 

CONCORD— J. D. McLester, H. T. Johnson. 

CHANEY'S HILL— G. H. Garmon. 

HOPEWELL— G. M. Winecoff. 

HOWELLS— J. R. McCurdy, D. W. Bost. 

INDEPENDENCE HILL— A. N. Hinson, J, L. Cashion, C. S. Davis. 

MATTHEWS— M. H. Lindsay, J. W. Abernethy. 

OLIVET— C. Gresham, J. K. Purefoy. L. H. Whitty. 

PROSPECT— W, A. Marks. 

WILSON'S GROVE— E. S. Rushing, S. S. Pigg. 

OAK GROVE -R. E. Deeds, W. T. Smith. 

LONG CREEK— J. W. Spurry. 

The following officers were elected : C. Gresham, Moderator; I. W. Durham, 
Clerk; A N. Hinson, Treasurer. 

The chair appointed the following Committees : 

On Application. — Rev. T. H. Prichard, Rev. D. M, Austin, Rev. H. T» 
Johnson, 



Order of Business. — J, K. Purefoy, C. G. McManaway, Rev. A. W. Crabtree: 
Finance. — J. R. McCurdy, Eli Hinson, M. H. Lindsay. 
Requests and Queries, — A. N, Hinson, D. M. Austin, C. S. Davis. 
Obituaries.— Revs, T, H. Prichard, W. M. Johnson, A, W. Crabtree. 
On motion adjourned until 3 p.m. 

FIRST DAY— Afternoon Session. 

After praise service called to order by Moderator Gresham. Committee on 
Order of Business reported as follows : 

To-night — Baptist Female Seminary, Rev. O. L. Stringfield. 

Friday, 10 a.m. — Foreign Missions, Rev, T. H. Pritchard. 

Friday, 11 a.m. — Orphanage, E. J, Edwards. 

Friday. 3 p.m. — Periodicals, J. L. Cashion. 

Friday, 7-30 p.m. — State Missions, Rev. D. M. Austin. 

Saturday, 10 a.m. — Home Missions, Rev. A. W. Crabtree. 

Saturday, 11 a.m. — Education, C. S. Davis. 

Saturday, 7-30 p.m.— Ordination of Deacons. 

On motion of Dr. T. H. Pritchard, this afternoon was devoted to discussion of 
Sunday Schools. Discussed by Dr. Pritchard, Rev. O. L. Stringfield, Rev. E. J. 
Edwards, A. N. Hinson, J. D. McLester, S. S. Pigg, G. H. Garmon, E. H. Hinson, 
J. E. Fisher, Rev. A. W. Crabtree, W. T. Smith. 

On motion adjourned until tomorrow, 10 a.m. 



FIRST 6aY— Night Session. 



Rev. O. L. Stringfield very ably presented the importance of the Baptists of 
N. C. establishing a Baptist Female Seminary, which was heard with marked 
attention. 

SECOND DAY— Morning Session. 

After devotional exercises conducted by Rev. D, M. Austin, called to order 
by Moderator. Minutes read and approved. The chair welcomed visiting brethren, 
J. C. Cadell, Rev. E. J. Edwards, Rev. W. R. Gwaltney, Rev. M. P. Matheney and 
Rev. C. Durham. 

On motion of Rev. D. M. Austin the following resolution was a adopted : 

Resolved, that this Association heard with interest Rev. O L Stringfield in 
advocacy of the establishment of the Baptist Female University in Raleigh, N. C, 
and that we heartily commend this enterprise to the favorable consideration of the 
brethren of this Association. 

Long Creek Baptist Church applied for membership in this Association . Referred 
to committee on application. 

Hour for special order having arrived, Dr. Pritchard offered the following 



REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS, 

We believe that every christian should labor and pray and give for the success 
of the cause of missions among the heathen for the following reasons ; 

First: because the great Commission of our Lord requires it. Go ye into all 
the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, is as binding now as when it was 
first given to the disciples. We must go ourselves, or send a representative to 
teach the nations the glad-tidings of salvation. 

Second : the gospel is the great social, moral and political reformer of the world. 
The nations of the world which have it in greatest purity are not only the most 
powerful, the most enlightned, the most intelligent, but also the happiest people on 
earth. 

Third : the success which has attended the work of our missionaries has been so 
remarkable as to justify all that has been done in behalf of this cause, and stimulate 
us to yet larger efforts to convert the whole world to obedience to Christ. There 
are now more than 800,000 members of mission churches and it is estimated that at 
least three miUions of converts have gone home to heaven since the modern 
missionary enterprise began. 

And lastly: as Baptists we are especially brought under obligations to prosecute 
this enterprise with all our might by reason of the very distinguished part we have 
been called on to take by the striking providences of God. Carey was a Baptist and 
Baptist laborers have been more highly blessed of God than those of any other 
denomination. COMMITTEE. 

Dr. Pritchard followed the report in a very strong address, and it was discussed 
further by Revs. Gwaltney, Matheney, Crabtree and Austin. Adopted. 

Rev. E. J. Edwards made foUowmg report on Orphanage : 

REPORT ON ORPHANAGE. 

The Orphanage undertakes to feed, clothe and educate indigent children. There 
are now 125 such children at the institution and in need of winter clothing. Resolved, 
that the churches of this Association take collections and forward for this purpose. 
Resolved, that the Sunday Schools of this Association be requested to take monthly 
collections for this object. COMMITTEE. 

A cash collection of ^5 97 was taken for this orphanage. Report adopted. 

Committee on application reported favorably on application from Long Creek 
Church. Report adopted, and said church admitted to the Association. 

On motion of Dr. Pritchard, the chair appointed the following committee to 
report on Ministers' Relief Board : Dr. Pritchard, Rev, J. W. Abernathy, C. S. 
Davis. 

Adjourned until 3 p.m. 

SECOND DAY— Afternoon Session. 

Called to order by Moderator. Rev. A. W. Crabtree made report as follows on 
Periodicals : 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS, 

Not to read in this age is to be behind the times. The printing press has 
become the teacher, guide and opinion maker for the public. Its greatest power is 
in the papers. To know what is taking place in the world, and to have definite 
ideas concerning these tranactions, we must read the papers ; and no class of papers 
is more important than our religious publications. I recommend that our people 
be again urged to soibscibe to, and to diligently read, the Biblical Recorder, \hQ 
Foreign Mission Journal, Charity and Children, and the Home Field These are all 
good in aims and purposes to the Baptist denomination. Let all the pastors stir up 
their people to read them, COMMITTEE. 



Resolved : That it is the sense of this body that it wouldAe wise for every church 
in the Association to appoint a special committee whose duty it shall be to make a 
canvass of the churches in behalf of our religious periodicals, and if possible introduce 
some good paper into every family, 

Discussed by Crabtree, Cadell, Pritchard, Austin, C. Durham and Gwaltney. 
Adopted. 

Rev. Mr. Carpenter, Pastor Church Street Methodist Church, was recognized by 
the chair, and invited to the privileges of the Association, also Rev. D. W. Thomason 
and J. F. Morris, from South Fork Association. 

Chair appointed following Executive Board: J. A. Durham, J. K. Purefoy, 
A. N. Hinson and J. R. McCurdy. 

Adjourned until 7-30 p.m. 

SECOND DAY— Night Session. 

After praise service, conducted by Rev. W. R. Gwaltney, the Association was 
called to order by Moderator. Rev, D. M, Austin made following report on State 
Missions. 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

This is the department of our Mission work by which we must give the Gospel 
to the destitute sections in the bounds of our State. We have at present more than 
one hundred Missionaries who are wholly or partially supportt-d by the State 
Mission Board. These are earnest, faithful men, and in many cases are making real 
sacrifices to do the Master's work. In view of the great importance of this branch 
of our work to the success of all other Mission work, we earnestly urge that all of 
our churches contribute liberally to this object, and to pray that ihe Lord will enable 
us to establish a Baptist church in reasonable distance of the people of every 
neighborhood in our entire State. COMMITTEE. 

Report was followed by an able and instructive address on the subject frorn Dr. 
C. Durham, Corresponding Secretary, strongly urging the importance of this depart- 
ment of our work. 

Bro. D, S, Peterson, representing the North Carolina Baptist was recognized, 
and in a short talk presented its claims, its object and its relation to the Biblical 
Recorder. 

On motion adjourned. 

THIRD DAY— Morning Session. 

After singing, and prayer by Dr. Gwaltney, the Association was called to order 
by Moderator. Minutes read and approved. Report on State Missions made 
previous evening was adopted, Drs. Pritchard and Gwaltney told how to raise 
money for State Missions. 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS BY REV. A. W. CRBTREE. 

The Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention is tie agency 
through which Southern Baptists are endf^avoring to evangelise the entire South, the 
Indian Territory, Cuba, and other places. Within ihis territory there are 368 
missionaries laboring under the direction of the Hoard. Of this number 20 are 
laboring In Western North Carolina. During the last conventional year, as a result of 
the labors of these missionaries there were 5,111 baptised. Total added 9,604 in the 



home mission field to Baptist churches. Within the same timetherejwere 155 churches 
constituted and 92 houses of worship built. Since the beginni»ng of missionary- 
operations in Cuba, and especially the last few years, our missionaries have been 
bitterly opposed by the Roman Catholic church. Notwithstanding the opposition 
the Baptist faith is gaining favor with the people. Several influential priests have 
joined the Baptist ranks. Now is a good time to do aggressive work in that f uiest- 
ridden country. The institution?, both civil and religious, of our country are 
threatened by an unprecedented influx of foreign population, and with this the 
dissemination of corrupt and corrupting idolatry. The salvation of those coming 
among us, the security of our institutions, and the welfare of our prosperity, demand 
that we obey the command of our Lord, " Go ye into all the world and preach the 
gospel to every creature." COMMITTEE, 

Discussed by Dr. Pritchard, dwelling at length on the duty of the denomination 
to educate and evangelize the colored people. Adopted. 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

In the beginning God created man, and endowed him wdth a greater under- 
standing than any other creature. He gave him control! over the beasts of the field, 
the fowls of the air. and the animals of the sea. He also gave him a talent to 
improve; aud how shall we improve it to a success unless we are educated? and 
how shall we ever receive an educalion unless an effort is put forth for that 
accomplishment? I would state that during these closing years of this the nineteenth 
century geater efforts are being put forth to educate the boys and girls ©f our 
country than has ever been done before There are colleges being built all over the 
States, but Wake Forest Co41ege is the one in which we are most interested, and on 
which we depend for our preachers. It was instituted in 1830 and to-day has about 
175 students, and 35 of them are beneficiaries. May God hasten the day when this 
nation shall be noted for its learned men and women, when it shall no longer 
be looked upon as ignorant, but shine forth in knowledge as bright as the noon- 
day sun. Respectfully submitted, 

C. S. DAVIS. 

Discussed by Dr. Gwaltney and Rev. D. W. Thomason. Adopted. 

On motion adjourd until 3 p.m. 

THIRD DAY— Afternoon Session. 

Called to order by Moderator. Dr. Pritchard submitted the following report 
on Aged Ministers' ReHef Board : 

REPORT ON AGED MINISTERS' RELIEF BOARD. 

It gives your Committee pleasure to know that a Board has been created and 
located at Durham, N. C, to look after the comfort of our aged and infirm ministers, 
and we respectfully urge all the churches of this Association to take up a coUecton at 
least once a year for the benefit of this worthy class of God's faithful servants. Other 
denominations are alive to their duty in this regard, and contirbute thousands of 
dollars for the maintenance of their wornout preachers, and we should not be remiss 
in the discharge of what we ought to regard as a grateful privilege ; and the churches 
are requested to report any such cases in the ministry, who may be members of this 
body. COMMITTEE. 

Discussed by Revs. Abernathy, Pritchard, Edwards and Thomason, Adopted, 

Committee on Time aivi Place of Next Meeting reported, recommending 
Arlington Church as the place of next meeting. Adopted, 

Chair appointed as delegates to the Baptist State Convention. Rev, D. M. 
Austin, Dr, T. H. Pritchard, I. W. Durham, Rev. J. O, Alderman, Rev. A. W. 
Crabtree, J. K. Purefoy, T. J, Renfrew ; and by request C, Gresham, 



Delegate to Southern Baptiist Convention, Dr. T. H. Pritchard. Alternate, C. 
Gresham. 

Rev, J. O. Alderman was appointed to preach introductory sermon at next 
meeting. Alternate, Dr. Pritchard. 

Chair appointed Rev. D. M. Austin to prepare programme for next year's 
union meetings. 

Finance Committee made report, which was adopted. 

The Association then discussed Associational Missions. Speakers : Revs. 
Austirij Gwaltney, Pritchard and Thomason. 

Report on Obituaries showed that i8 had died since last meeting. Resolutions 
of sympathy were extended to the bereaved. 

The following resolution was adopted : 

Resolved that this Association return heartfelt thanks tor the kind hospitality 
shown them during this session by the Baptists of Charlotte. 

The Moderator expressed his thanks to the Association for uniform kindness 
shown, and for good order. 

Ten dollars was voted to the clerk for services. 

On motion of Dr. Pritchard, the Association adjoarned until next annual 
meeting. 

I. W. DURHAM, Qerk. C. GRESHAM, Moderator. 




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MINUTES 



OF THE » 



Ninth Annual Session 



OF THE 



Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Baptist Association, 

HELD WITH 

Arlington Baptist Church, 

Mecklenburg County. 

OCTOBER 18-20, 1894. 



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CHARLOTTE, N. C. : 

News and Times Print, 25 South Trycn Street. 
1895. 



Proceedings. 



Arlington Baptist Church, 
Mecklenburg County, N. C, Oct. i8, 1894. 

First Day — Morning Session. 

The Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Baptist Association met 
in its ninth annual session, and after a sermon by Rev. J. O. 
Alderman, from II. Peter, 3 :i8, was called to order by Mod- 
erator Gresham . 

Letters were read from the churches and the following 
delegates enrolled : 

Arlington— Y , M. Hinson, E. H. Hinson, W. M. Connell. 

Tryon Street— R. H. Jordan, S. 1*. Smith. I. W. Durham, 

Clear Creel-—]. T. Estridge. 

Cold Water—-^. T. Talbirt, P. V. Talbirt. 

Concord— "W. S. Kimrey, J. C. Smith. 

Chaney Hill — C. P. Sossaman. Thos. Falks, Wm. Yow, 

Howell's— D. W. Gorman, J. R. McCurdy, F. M. Hatley. 

Indian Hill — A. N. Hinson, J. L. Cashion, C. J. Black, 
H. L. Helms. 

Matthews — M. H. Lindsay. 

Olivet— C. Gresham, L. R. Pruett, D. M. Austin. 

Prospect — Lindsay Lowder. 

Wilson Grove— Uev. J. S. King, W. H. Mullis, W. G. 
Thomas. 

Oak Grove — R. A. Dees, Henry ^eal. 

Lcng Creek— ^i. W. Sanford, R. L. Phillips. 

Pine Hills— J. W. Snider, C. W. Austin. 



The following officers were duly elected: C. Gresham 
Moderator; I. W. Durham, Clerk ; A. N. Hinson, Treasurer. 
On motion, adjourned one'hour. 



First Day — Afternoon Session. 

After singing and prayer, the' chair appointed the fol- 
lowing committees : 

Order of Business -Rev. L. R. Pruitt, S. P. Smith and 
F. M. Binson. 

FinaJiGe—M. H. Lindsay, F. M. Hinson, 0. J. Black. 
Requests and Queries — Rev. D. M. Austin, Rev. L. B. 
Pruett and A. N. Hinson. 

OUtuaries—^ev. D. W. Thomason, Rev. J. B. Richard- 
son and Rev. J. O. Alderman.' 

Committee on Order of Business made report as follows : 
Thursday^ 3 p. m. — Orphanage. 

" 3 '' -^Ministers' Relief Board. 

Friday, lo a. m, — Periodicals. 

' II " — Ministerial Education. 

" 1:30 p. m.— State Missions. 
Saturday, 10 a. m. — Foreign Missions. 
" II " — Rome Missions. 

" 1 :3o p. m. — Sunday Schools. 
Sermon at 1 1 a... m. and at night each day. 

Report: was adopted. The Moderator appointed the fol- 
lowing committees: On Orphanage, Dr. T. H. Pritchard 
State Missions, Rev. D. V|. Austin; Foreign Missions, Rev 
J. B. Richardson; Home Missions, Rev. D. ^A' . Thomason 
Education, Rev. J. 0. Alderman; Periodicals, C. J. Black 
Aged Ministers, Rev. A. '^ . Crabtree ; Sunday Schools, S.P 
Smith. ^ ' ■ 

REPORT ON ORPHANAGE. 

Some seven or eight years ago the Baptists of the State 
established an orphanage at Thomasville. It has had for sev- 
eral years an average of about 125 little children, who are 



clothed, fed and educated and fitted for usefulness in life . 
^^ e recommend that our churches remember this enterprise, 
and that our Sunday Schools especially be requested to take 
up monthly collections foi' its support. 

T. H. Phitchard. 

Dr. Pritchard followed in a strong appeal for support 
for the orphanaj^e . It was further discussed by J . C . Cad iell > 
A. W.Orsbtree and J. 0. Alderman. Report was adopted. 

Rev. A. W, Crabtree made the following report on ^ged. 
Ministers : It is the duty of every church to care for its aged 
and infirm ministers. Up to a few years ago no general 
work was done by our convention in this direction. Some 
years ago, at the convention held in Henderson, a board was 
created to take charge of this interest. This board is located 
at Durhani and is doing something for this worthy but 
neglected class of men, but not much, because the churches 
do not seem to appreciate its importance. Your committee 
would earnestly urge all our churches to contribute to this 
worthy cause. ;^ . W. (Crabtree. 

Discussed by Dr^ Pritchard and Rev. A. <\ Davis. 

On motion of Dr. Pritchard pledges were taken for Aged 
Ministers relief Board. (See financial table.) Report was 
adopted. Preaching tonight by Rev. D. ^. Thomason, Ad- 
journed until tomorrow 9 130 a. m. 



Second Day — Morning Session. 

Devotional services at 9:30, conducted by Bro. A. N. 
Ilinson. At 10 a. m., association was called to order by the 
' oderator. Chairman recognized Rev. A. C. Davis from Un- 
ion. 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

Reading is. one of the greatest means of cbtaining 
knowledge ; read that you may weigh and consider ; read the 
papers of our land, and most especially our religious periodi- 
cals, th« most important of all publications. I recommend 



that our Baptist people and all others be urged to subscribe 
and diligently read our publications, the Biblical Recorder, 
North Carolina Baptist, Foreign Mission Journal, Charity and 
Children and the Home Field. 

C. J. Black 

Report was ably discussed by Bro. J. C Caddell, Dr. 
Pritchard, Rev J. B.Richardson, C. Gresham, Rev. L. R. 
Pruitt and Rev. A. C. Davis, and was adopted. Sermon at 
II a. m. by Rev. J. J. Payseur, text : "How shall we escape 
if we neglect so great salvation." Adjourned one hour. 



Second Day — Afternoon Session, 
report on ministerial education. 

In Wake Forest College the Baptists of North Carolina 
have a mcst excellent institution for both people and preachers 
There young men are offered very great advantages. Several 
boarding houses offer various advantages ; at some of these a 
young man can get good board at $6.00 per month. God 
seems to call to the ministry the poor and dependent young 
men. We are called upon to prepare the way of the Lord by 
helping these to become effective workers. There are some 
seventy young men there preparing to become messengers of 
God unto dying men and women . Of these thirty-six are un- 
able to pay their way and are helped by the Board. The 
Board pays each of these young men J9.00 per month. A 
small amount thus invested is most judiciously invested. Let 
us put our hearts and hands into the worK and God will give 
the increase. 

J. O. Alderman. 

Discussed by Rev. J. O. Alderman, Dr. Pritchard, Rev. 
L. R, Pruitt, Rev. J.J. Payseur and Kev. R. N. Jones. 
Adopted. 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

This is the department of our work by which we hope to 



give the gospel to the destitute sections in the bounds of our 
State. We ha^^'c. about loo missionaries in the field this year 
who are wholly, ^r partially supported by the Board. They 
are earnest, faitb/fulmen, making sacrifices to preach to the 
destitute of our'^^ State. In view of the great importance of 
the work we ur§jVsj|;hat all of our churches give liberally for 
the support of ''^tate^*'MN^sions . 

v.C^^^^^'^^^^V^. D. M. Austin. 

After remarks by Bro. "Austin pledges were taken. (See 
financial table.) Report was adopted. 

On motion of Rev. J. B. Richardson an. Executive «'om- 
mittee was appointed as follows : Dr. T. H. Pritchard, Rev. 
D. M. Austin, Rev. L. R. Pruitt and 0. Gresham to co- 
operate with the State Mission Board with a view to putting 
a strong missionary in this association. Adjourned until to- 
morrow a.m. 



Third Day — Morning Session. 

Devotional exercises at 9 :30, conducted by Bro. J. C- . 
Black. At to a. m. Moderator called association to order 
Prospect church requested a letter of dismission to unite with 
Stanly Association — granted. Pine Hill asked for admission 
into this association — refered to committee on requests and 
queries. IJommittee reported favorably and on motion said 
church was admitted. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS, 

The extent of the christian work as related to his fellow- 
man is as unlimited as the life and spirit of Jesus himself, and 
these are as far-reaching as His atonement and love. The 
word declares (Heb. 2:9) that He tasted death for every 
man, and in I John 2 :2 that He is thepropitiation for the sins 
of the whole world ; and in I John i ty that His blood cleanseth 
from all sin. Hence we have the command in Mark 16 :i5 
"Go ye into all the v/orld" &c. The hundreds of missionaries 
now in the many foreign fields and their success show God's 



approval, "Lo I am with you" &c. The openings of Provi- 
dence call us as never before to these foreign fields. Cheap 
transportation, quick transit and advantages in money ex- 
change all bid and encourage us to press the work. Recent- 
ly one hundred dollars of our money bcught a check on 
Shanghai bank for $198. The cost and^Aransportation of s-id 
check to China was only fifteen c:"'^i'e. Surely the Lord is in, 
and would have his people And ws\\ in, foreign mission work. 

T. O. h^TCHAiJnsON. 

On motion Dr. Pritch.ird was requested to and preached 
an able sermon on Foreign Missions, Text Isa. =^4 :2, 3 — same 
text Wm. (-arey pre.iched from Oct'. 3, 1793. Pledges were 
taken. (See iinancial table. ) Report was adopted. A casli 
collection of ^4. 5^ was taken for a family m distress in the 
communitv. 

< ommittee on Bequests and Qjieries reported, recommend- 
ing Indian Hill as the place of next meeting. Time, Thurs- 
day before 3rd Sunday in Oct. '95. Report was adopted 
with amendment changing place of meeting to ^'oncord. Ad- 
journed one hour. * 



Third Day — Afternoon Session. 

\fter singing and reading of scripture the Chairman ap- 
n MUted the following to report at the next ni.eeting on the 
dilYerent objects, viz : 

On Foreign Missions— Rev. D. W. Thomason. 

On Horns Missions — Rev. J. J. Payseur. 

On State Missions -Kev . L K.J'raitt. 

On Education -^ev. J. O. Alderman. 

On Orphanage -Rev. Dr. T. H, Pritchard. 

On Aged Ministers— Rev . J. B. Richardson. 

On Periodicals — Rev . D . M . A ustin . 

OnS. Schools ~Rto. (\ J. Black. 

r:::>ort on home missions. 

The Hoine Mi-sion Board of the Southern Baptist (^on- 



vention is trying to supply the general destitution within our 
own bounds \and Cuba. There are several departments of 
this work. First, the foreign population. The Board seeks 
through its nUssionaries to supply these people with preach- 
ing and such religious literature as will evangelise them. 
This is a very vimportant work. S^econd, the Indians within 
the Indian TerritGiy the work -has been very successfully 
carried on. Results/ '"^'^^.ssociations, 301 churches, 13,844 
member-,. rhir;, ''Oba^ The Board says our work tlice 
still exhibits the same features of interest which has charac- 
terized it from th(- beginning and is represented as being in a 
most prosperous condition. This is one of our most wonder- 
ful missions. Fourth, the work among the negroes. The 
Board is doing what it can for this class of our population by 
holding meetings with and for negro preachers, thereby in- 
structing them more fuliy in the way of the l>ord. Fifth, 
the work among our own native white population in the 
country and cities where it is not, aud cannot be done by our 
State Boards. The Board in these departments of its work 
needs our sympathy, co-operation and liberal contributions. 
The Board h^d in emplo last year 381 missionaries, w^ho 
baptized 4,470 converts, constituted 133 churches and built 
67 houses of worship ; besides a \'ast amount of work we can- 
not mention here. -$107,^^44 70 was raised for the work last 
year. In conclusion your committee would call attention to 
"Our Home Field " published by the Board for the dissemi- 
nation of information in the v/ork. 

D. W. Thomason. 

Aftef being ably discussed by Dr. Pritchard and Kev. L. 
K. Pruitt it was adopted. Chairman appointed Bro. J. L. 
fashion to prepare programme for Union meetings for next 
year. 

Report of Finance ■■ ommittee was read and approved. 
Committee on Sunday Schools being absent no report was 
made but the subject was ably discussed by Bro. Pruitt, Dr. 
Pritchard and Bro. A. 0. Davis. 



REPORT ON OBITUARIES. 

On June 8, 1894 God removed from our midst Bro. A. 
Baxter Cashion, an esteemed brother, a devoted christian and 
an earnest and faithful Sunday School worked He leaves a 
loving wife and four little ones to mourn they loss. 

]SIo w^oman is better known to tbe--^Baptist people of 
Mecklenburg^ and Cabarrus coup tj- ban Sister K, A. Stowe 
of Concord She lived there more than thirty years without 
any Baptist church to attend or any brethera to visit her, but 
by praying and beseeching God to send one of His messen- 
gers He sent Brother Bostic there to preach Now they have 
a church. Fhe was very much afiiicted during her last days, 
being confined to her chair for more than three vears. After 
this terrible trial God removed her from her friends and re- 
ceived her into His mansion We were much grieved to lose 
her, but have no cause to murmur as she spent more than 
seventy years with us. ^ ommitiee. 

i^eport was adopted. Resolution of thanks for hospitali" 
ty was read and adopted. Ten dollars was voted to clerk for 
services. Chairman appointed Dr T. H, Pritchard delegate 
to the Southern Baptist <'onvention. ^ hairman appointed 
Brother J C Black and A 0. Davis corresponding messengers 
to Union association, Rev. J. O Alderman and J R McCur- 
dy messengers to Stanly association. On motion adjourned. 

I. W. Durham, C Gresham, 

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MINUTES 



OF THE 



TENTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



MECKLENBURG AND CABARRUS 



Baptist Association 



HELD WITH 



CONCORD BAPTIST CHURCH, 



CABARRUS COUNTY, 



October 17-19, 1895 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



TENTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



MECKLENBURG AND CABARRUS 

Baptist Association 



HELD WITH 



CONCORD BAPTIST CHTTRCH. 



CABARRUS COUNTY. 



October 17-19, 1896. 



ELAM PRJNT, CHARLOTTE, N, C 



PROCEEDINGS. 

CONCORD BAPTIST CHURCH, 

Concord, N. C, Oct. 17, 1895, 

The Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Baptist Association assem- 
bled in its Tenth Annual Session with the above named church, 
and was called to order by Dr. T. H. Pritchard. in the absence 
of Moderator Gresham. Prayer by Rev. fX. D. Newton. 
Hymn, "Come thou fount of every blessing." On motion, 
committee consistinsj of Pastor and Deacons of this church, 
and Rev. A. W. Crabtree and Rev. W. J. Wyatt were appointed 
on religious exercises. Also following: committee was 
appointed on order of business, W. J. Wyatt, C. S. Davis 
and F. T. Beaty. 

Roll of churches called and reported as follows: 

Arlington— E. H. Williams, W. M. Connell, E. H. Hinson. 

Tryon Street— Dr. T. H. Pritchard, I. W. Durham. 

Clear Creek — L, A. Ferguson, T. L. Ferguson. 

Cold Water— J. D. Smith, C. F. Faggot.^ 

Concord — J. D, McLester, Jno. Clayton, J. H. Welch, 
W. S. Kimerv, R. P. Lentz. 

Chaney's Hill— No letter. 

Hopewell — Barnet, Jno. Wineooff, W. H. McCoy. 

Howell's— A. L. Howell, W. A. McCurdy, H. T. Stowe. 

Independence Hill — E. N. Hinson, S. L. Davis, H. L. 
Helms. 

Matthews— E. J. Funderburk. 

Olivet— Rev. L. R. Pruett. 

Wilson's Grove— A L. Pigg, W. H. Mullis. 

Oak Grove — W. H. Lee, H. M. Monson, Andrew Neal. 

Long Creek— M. W. Sanford, F. T. Beaty. 

Pine Hill— No letter. 

Friendship — R. M. Walker, J. J. Payseur. 

Committee on religious exercises reported as follows: Meet 
at 2 p. m., adjourn at will, and meet again at 8 p. ra. Report 
adopted. Committee continued. On motion adjourned till 
2 p. m. 



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FIRST DAY — AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Opened by singing "Jesus, Lover of My Soul." 
Committee on Order of Business reported as follows: 

Thursday, 2 p. m. — Orphanage. 
Thursday, 3 \j. m. — Ministers Relief Board. 
Friday, 10:00 a. m. — Periodicals. 
Friday, 11:00 a. m. — Ministerial Education. 
Friday, 2 p. m. — State Missions. 
Saturday, 10:00 a. m. — Foreign Missions. 
Saturday, 11:90 a. m. — Home Missions. 
Saturday, 2 p. m. — Sunday Schools. 

Sermon at night during meeting of Association. Report 
adopted. 

The following officers were elected: Dr. T. H. Pritchard, 
Moderator; I. W. Durham, Clerk; A. N. Hiison, Treasurer. 

REPORT ON ORPHANAGE. 

Since our last Session the officers who manage our Orphan- 
age have been changed. Our dear Bro. J. H. Mills, who is the 
founder and father of Orphanages in North Carolina, has 
been superceded by Rev. J, B. Boone, and the old Treasurer, 
Rev. W. S. Hall, by Bro. Ivy Allen. The organ of the 
Orphanage, "Charity and Children," has also passed into new 
hands, Bro. A. Johnson having been elected editor of the 
paper, and canvasser for it and the institution. The Orphan- 
age is somewhat in debt, owing however, less than a thousand 
dollars, and the present managers express the hope that they 
will be able at no distant day to relieve it of this embarrass- 
ment. The farm and gardens have been productive the past 
season, the children have kept healthy generally. There are 
the usual number, between 123 and 130. The weather will 
soon be cold and these little unfortunates will need shoes and 
and thicker clothing to make them comfortable. This body 
begs leave to urge every Sunday School within its bounds to 
take up a collection for the Orphanage at least once a month. 
It gives your Committee pleasure to say that there is a church 
at the Orphanage for the benefit of the children and officers, 
and teachers, and that its spiritual condition is highly pros- 
perous, 34 having been baptized during the year, with several 
others converted. T. H. PRITCHARD. 

Discussed by Dr. Pritchard, J. D. Newton, J. M. Ballard 
and J. O. Alderman. On motion, adopted. 



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REPORT ON AGED MINISTERS RELIEF. 

This Board is located at Darham, N. C, and Rev. W. C. 
Tyree is president. Contributions to this object may be sent 
to him. There are thirteen of these worthy brethren who 
have worn themselves out in preaching the gospel, and also 
three widows of some of our dead preachers are being aided. 
There is no regularly organized houie for these brethren, but 
they live in the home of friends or relatives, and receive from 
the Board $4 to $b per month. Brethren let us take one 
collection for this purpose in our churches this year. 

J. D. NEWTON. 

Discussed by J. C. Codell and Dr. Pritchard. On motion, 
adopted. 

Chair welcomed visiting brethren J. M. Ballard and E. D. 
Teeter from other Associations; also Rev. T. W. Smith of the 
Methodist Church to the privileges of the Association. 

Adjourned until 9:30 to-morrow. 

Dr. Pritchard preached at night on Foreign Missions. Col- 
lections for Orphanage $8.73 

SECOND DAY^MORNING SESvSION. 

After devotional exercises conducted by Bro. W.J. Wyatt. 
the Association was called to order by the Moderator. Chair 
welcomed Bro. Gr. W. Gower, from Green River Association. 
The Chair appointed the following committee on time and 
place of next meeting: T. C. Wilson, H. M. Helms and 
H. M. Munson. Committee on Obituaries, A. W". Crabtree, 
W. J. Wyatt and E. J. Funderburk. 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

We think that in proportion as our people are informed 
concerning the objects of our denominational work, just so 
will their zeal be increased and their contributions enlarged. 
To this end we would earnestly urge that our people take and 
read all the good literature possible. Let every family possible 
take the "Biblical Recorder" which for the past sixty years 
has been the organ of our convention, and which for all of 
these years has been a faithful exponent of Baptist principles 
and Baptist progress. We would also recommend the North 
Carolina Baptist, Charity and Children, and the Home 
Journal. J. B. RICHARDSON. 

Discussed by J. C. Cadell, Dr. Pritchard, G. W. Gower and 
A. W. Crabtree. On motion the report was adopted. 

Adjourned until 2 o'clock. 



(6) 

SECOND DAY — AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Chair appointed the following committees to report at 
next meetin.ty on the following objects; 

Periodicals — J. B. Richardson. 

Foreign Missions — L. R. Proitt. 

Home Missions— J. J. Payseur, 

Orphanage — A. L. Belts. 

Ministers' Relief Board— -0. Gresham, 

State Missions — J. O. Alderman, 

Sunday Schools — A. N. Hinson. 

Finance Committee— E. H. Williams, W, M. Connell. 
L. A. Ferguson. 

Delegates to Southern Baptist Convention— -Rev. J. O. 
Alderman. Alternate, Rev. J. J. Payseur. 

Delegates to Baptist State Convention— A. N. Hinson^ 
I, AV. Durham, 

Rev. J. B. Boone, Superintendent of our Orphanage, was 
given opportunity and made statement showing the condition 
of the institution, and called attention to the needs of the 
same at this season of the year. 

Friendship Baptist Church asked to unite with this Asso- 
ciation, On motion said church was received and right hand 
of fellowship extended to the delegates. 

REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

Wake Forest College is our college. It is doing a great 
work for the State in preparing young men for active life. 
But especially is this college doing a great thing for the de- 
nomination. It secures an intelligent lay membership; but 
especially it fits men for the work of the ministry. The 
Baptists are waking up to the need of more and deeper intel- 
ligence. There are some sixty young men at Wake Forest 
studying for the ministry, some thirty-five of them are poor 
and unable to ]3ay their expenses. They look to us for support 
in this preparation, God is also looking to see what use we 
shall make of the means entrusted to us, 

J, O. ALDERMAN. 

Resolved, That E. J. Funderburk, C. Gresham, AV. C. 
Dowd, T, J. Renfrow, A, N, Hinson, Eli Hinson and L. 
Medlin be appointed a Board of Trustees to secure suitable 
property in fee simple to them and to their successors for an 
Academy of high grade for the instruction of the boys and 
girls in our Association; provided, they do not bring this 
body in debt, and that these Trustees be instructed to organ- 
ize and control said school and report in writing annually to 
this body. After a strong speech by Dr. Durham, the above 
report was adopted. Adjourned until 9:30 to-morrow. 



(T) 

THIRD DAY — MOENING SESSION. 

At 9:30 a. m. religious exercises were conducted by Rev. 
J. M. Ballard. At 10 o'clock the Moderator called the Asso- 
ciation to order under the head of miscellaneous business. 
The Association selected Matthews as the place for next 
meeting. Rev. J. O. Alderman was elected to preach the 
introductory sermon with Rev. A. L. Betts alternate. A 
committee consisting of Dr. T. H. Pritchard, Rev. L. R. 
Pruitt and Bro. I. W. Durham was elected to confer as to the 
advisability of changing the time of meeting and to report at 
the next session. 

By order of the Association the executive committee elected 
last year, consisting of Dr. T. H. Pritchard, Rev. D, M. 
Austin, Rev. L. R. Pruett and Bro. C. Gresham, was with the 
addition of Bro. A. N. Hinson, decreed to be the sole execu- 
tive committee of this body. 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

The Home Mission Board of our Southern Baptist Con- 
vention means the co-operation of the churches in trying to 
supply the general destitution within the bounds of the con- 
vention and Cuba. We speak of this great work under five 
heads or departments, as follows: 

1. The Negroes. This Board has ever tried to give the 
negroes religious instruction, realizing that they have souls 
for which our blessed Saviour died, that they are among us 
to stay, that they are subject to the laws of our country, as 
w^ell as to the protection of its government. The North and 
South are to unite in their efforts to educate and evangelize 
the negroes of the South. 

2. The Indians. This work has been confined to the 
Indian Territory. The work has been a success, and mar- 
velous the results. Their dress, manner of life, occupation, 
customs and general governments in many sections are about 
the same as our own, and it has been wrought mainly by the 
influence of the gospel, administered by the Home Mission 
Board. There are now in the Indian Territory 16 Associa- 
tions, 301 churches, 13,844 church members. 

3. The Foreign Population. These are the strangers 
among us who have come from other countries. Our friendly 
South invites them and they are coming by the thousands. 
The Home Mission Board reports that they have mission 
points among the Germans in Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri 
and Texas, and among the French in Missouri andLouisiani. 

4. The Native White Population. There are between 
17 and 18 millions of human beings, over two-thirds of wdioni 



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are withont a saving knowledge of God. x\fterall, this is tfie 
main work of the Board. No work of the convention is more 
urgent and promising, 

D. Cuba. Tins work now entirely under the direction of 
Bro. A. J. Diaz. He writes that his work is prosperinsr as 
never before. The native missionaries to Cuba, E. Pendleton 
Jones, has returned on account of failing health. The work 
of this Board is great and pressing. They need $500,000 for 
the fields already open. '^ J. J. PAYSEUR. 

The following brethren spoke to the report. Revs. J. J. 
Payseur, C. E. Gower, J. M. Ballard, J. O, Alderman, Pledges^ 
were made. The report was adopted. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every 
creature" is the marching order of the Lord to his children. 
This takes in every nation on the globe. Acting under these 
instructions, the Baptists of England began this work over a 
hundred years ago, and ever since its organization the South- 
ern Baptist Convention has been sending forth missionaries- 
into China, Japan^ Africa, Italy, Brazil and Mexico. Reports 
from these fields show that the Lord is with us in this worky 
and we have every reason to be encouraged and to devote 
more men and money to the prosecution of this the greatest 
enterprise ever projected by God or man. The fields are 
open and ripe unto the harvest; the laborers are ready and 
saying, send us, but alas, we have not the means to sustain 
them. It looks almost as though God had made it the 
specific work of North Carolina Baptists to educate and send 
out men and women to preach the gospel to the heathen — as 
we were the first denomination to send missionaries, Dr. and 
Mrs. Yates, so we now have twice as many laborers in the 
foreign field as any other, though we regret to say that we 
are not contributing to this cause as liberally as our privi- 
leges demand. Over two millions of human souls have been 
won by the efforts of missionaries from the domain of 
heathenism to the domain of Christianity. More has been 
done within the past twenty-five years than in all the previous 
part of the century, and the outlook for the future is still 
more encouraging. We ought to thank God and take cour- 
age and to give more of faith and prayer, and time and money 
to this most glorious and beneficent cause. 

T. H. PRITCHARD. 

Discussed by Dr. Pritchard and Rev. J. D. Newton, 
Pledges were made and the report adopted. 



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^ev. J. J. Payseur called attention to the fact that the 
Adventists were trying to get jjossession of the Wilson Grove 
church house by buying a note for some $65.00 against it. 
His effort to raise $50.00 of this amount just here was 
successful. Adjourned till 2 o'clock. 

THIRD DAY — AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association convened at 2:30 o^clock 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

Dr. Yates said the hope of the heathen world is in well 
organized and well trained churches at home. The number 
of new churches constituted in last conventional year were 
48; number baptized by the missionaries, 1.542; and the 
number of missionaries 95. God has graciously blessed the 
small contributions of His people to this department of our 
work. It is hoped that during the present year, the gospel of 
Christ will be preached in more than 600 destitute places and 
communities in our State. We should honor the men and 
their wives who are going into malarial districts of the East, 
the mountain sides and valleys of the West, toiling, suffering, 
and often dying, in order that the destitute families may hear 
the gospel. We should give our money and pray God's 
blessings upon the labors of our brethren who are standing at 
their posts, amid dangers, trials, sickness and oersecutions, 
for the salvation of lost souls. J. D. NEWTON. 

Discussed by Dr. Durham in a very strong address, giving 
an encouraging report of the work of the S'ate Mission Board. 

The subject having been previously discussed, pledges 
made and report adopted. 

The Finance Committee submitted its report which was 
adopted. 

Dr. Pritchard submitted the following resolution which 
was, after discussion by himself, adopted: 

"Resolved, That the good women, members of the churches 
of this Association, are urged to develop their usefulness by 
the formation of Women's Missionary Societies." 

Dr. Pritchard read also the loUowing resolution which was 
adopted : 

Resolved, That this Association here express its grateful 
appreciation of the long, valuable and very successful services 
of Bro. J. H. Mills, as' the founder of Orphanages in North 
Carolina, and the general manager of our Orphanage at 
Thomasville since its establishment. 

T. H. PRITCHARD. 

Report on Sunday Schools was read by Rev. J. O. Alderman. 



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REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

The Sabbath School is doing a wonderful work for the 
young people and the old people two, of this day. Therefore, 
we beg that the delegates will return to their churches and 
give their labors and their prayers to the upbuilding of this 
enterprise, as it develops the brain and cultivates the Christian 
spirit of the rising generation and is an efficient means of 
bringing many converts into the churches of Christ. 

A. W. CRABTREE. 

Discussed by Rev. J. J. Payseur, Rev. C. E. Gower, Dr. 
J. B. Richardson and Dr. T. H. Pritchard. Report adopted. 
Rev. J. D. Newron offered the following report which was 
adopted by a rising vote: 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due and are 
hereby tendered this church and community for the very kind 
hospitality which has been extended during this session. 
Respectfully, 

J. D. NEWTON. 

On motion of Rev. J. B. Richardson, any brother visiting a 
sister Association is authorized to report himself a messenger 
from this Association. 

Dr. J. B. Richardson called attention to the Matthews 
High School and the importonce of education and the im- 
portance of patronizing our own schools. Dr. Pritchard 
spoke in commendation of Matthews High School. 

God be with you till we meet again, was sung, while a 
general hand shaking lead by Dr. Pritchard was indulged in. 

Adjourned to meet at Matthews. 

I. W. DURHAM. T. H. PRITCHARD, D. D., 

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PROCEEDINGS. 

MATTHEWS BAPTIST CHURCH, 

Matthews, N. C, Oct. 15, 1896. 

The Mecklenburg and Cabarras Baptist Association met 
in its eleventh annual session with the above church. Our 
beloved and lamented moderator, Dr. Pritchard, liaving been 
called to his reward since our last meeting, on motion brother 
L. R. Pruett was elected moderator pro tem., who opened 
the association with devotional exercises. 

The roll of churches was called and the following delegates 
found present: 

Arlington— J. H. Hough, E. H. Williams, Ellis Bass. 

Tryon Street — S. G. Cate, L. C. Herndon, I. W. Durham. 

Clear Creek— L. A. Ferguson, T. W. Bass, H. W. Pigg. 

Cold Water- J. W. Connell, L. M. Fisher. . 

Concord —Rev. J. J. Payseur, A. W. Morgan. W. J. Black, 
J. D. McLester. 

Chaney's Hill— T. G. Faulk. 

Hopewell — F. A. Hawkins, T. A. Jones. 

Howell's— H. T. Stowe, E. T. Howell, W. A. McCurdy. 

Independence Hill — Elder J. C. Black, C. S. Davis. 

Matthews— E. J. Funderburk, Dr. H. V. Massey, S. C. 
Newell. 
• Olivet— C. S. Holton, J. R. Hankins. 

Wilson Grove- 
Oak Grove — 

Long Creek— W. M. Sanford, W. A. Fite. 

Pine Hill- 
Friendship— J. T. Mitchel, T. J. King, D. S. Mitchel. 

Twelfth Street— S. H. Hasty. L. Bailey, W. M. Lyles, L. 
R. Pruett. 

Phaniels — Z. W. Roseman, J. C. Denny, J. B. Yost. 

Rock Hill— H. L. Helms, A. D. Crisco. 

Election of officers resulted as follows: Elder L. R. Pruett, 
moderator; I. W. Durham, clerk, and Elder J. R. Hankins, 
treasurer. 

Twelfth St., Charlotte, Rock Hill and Phaniels Baptist 
churches sent! letters and. applied for admission into this 
association. After satisfactory statements from delegates 
from these new churches, each one was admitteed to mem- 
bership in this association. 



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Chair appointed the following committees: On Keligions 
Exercises, Pastor and deacons of this church. On Order of 
Business, Elder J. R. Hankins, J. T. Mitchel and T. A. 
Newell. 

Rev, C. W. Blanchard, of the Raleigh association, repre- 
senting Wake Forest College, and brother J. W. Cobb, of 
the North Carolina Baptist, were welcomed by the chair to 
the privileges of the association. 

Adjourned until 2:00 p. m. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Opened by singing "Nearer my God to thee." 
Committee on order of business made partial report as fol- 
lows: That report on Ministers' Relief Board, and Sunday 
Schools be heard this p. m. Adopted. 

REPORT ON ministers' RELIEF BOARD. 

The Board now has in its care 58 persons; these are the 
families of aged ministers who have given their life to the 
gospel ministry. The meagre support given them amounts 
to $18.86 per year; the question is, shall we turn our backs 
upon these, or shall we in honor of Christ help to feed them? 
Should we do the former, how shall we meet our Lord and 
Saviour? J. B. Richardson. 

Ably discussed by elders J. B. Richardson and C. W, 
Blanchard. Pledges were then taken, and report adopted. 

REPORT on SUNDAY SCHOOLS, 

The Sabbath school is one of the greatest institutions that 
could have been organized to train the young minds into a 
higher sphere of life; it does not only train the children to 
love each other, but trains them to love Jesus Christ, and all 
parents who fail to take their children to Sabbath school will 
fail to do their duty as Christian parents. They ought not 
say to the children, "go to Sudday school," but "come, let 
us go to Sunday school. A. N. Hinson. 

Discussed by elder J. B. Richardson, urging the importance 
of church members taking active part in this important work. 
Also by elder J. C. Denny, contending for the teaching of the 
word of God in the Sabbath school. Also by brother J. W. 
Cobb, emphasizing the importance of personal effort for the 
salvation of the pupils in the Sabbath school. Also by elder 
W. J. Wyafct, advocating consistent Christian living and 
activity in this work. Also by elder J. J. Payseur, plan to 
enlist all the church members in the work. By elder C. W. 
Blanchard. the Sabbath school being the means of his con- 
version. By elder W. M. Johnson. Report was adopted. 



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On motion of elder J, B. Richardson, the churches are re-- 
quested to report in future the number of church members 
belonging to the Sabbath schools. 

Chair appointed the foUowint^ Finance Committee: J, 
T. Mitchell, C. 8. Davis, A. W. Morgan. 

Report of committee on Order of Business was read and 
adopted. 

Adjourned until to-morrow 10:00 a. m. 

SECOND DAY — MORNING SESSION. 

Opened with devotional exercises, conducted by brother J. 
W. Cobb. The chair appointed the following to report on 
the different objects at next meeting: C. J. Black, Periodi- 
cals; Dr. A. C. Barron, Foreign Missions; Elder J. R. Han- 
kins, Home Missions; Elder J. J. Payseur, Orphanage; Elder 
J. B. Richardson, State Missions; Elder A. W. Crabtree, 
Education; Elder W. J. Wyatt, Sabbath Schools; Elder A. 
N. Hinson, Ministers Relief Board. 

Chair recognized brother Baily of the Recorder, and 
brother J. L. Bennett of Union Association. 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

One of the greatest helps to Christian work is religious 
literature. No life can attain to any great measure of suc- 
cess without reading. As churches, we should see that the 
Biblical Recorder, the organ of the North Carolina Baptists, 
be widely circulated among us. Also that such as the JV. C. 
Baptist, Charity and Children, Foreign Mission, Home 
Mission, and Sabbath -school journals be taken as much as 
possible. Without such literature we are open to great spir- 
itual dearth, and much failure in our Christian progress as a 
people. J. B. Richardson. 

Discussed by J. J. Payseur, A. W. Crabtree, J. W. Cobb, 
brother Baily, and J. T. Burris. Adopted. 

Chair recognized brothers Stowe and J. T. Burris, and ac- 
corded to them the privilegs^s of the association. 

REPORT on education. 

Never in the history of the State were its people so thor- 
oughly awake to the demands of education. Especially is 
this true as to the claims of Christian education among the 
Baptists of the State. While the denominational colleges of 
the State, through their agencies, have furnished the stimu- 
lus for the development of both higher and lower education, 
we deplore conditions that have made State colleges antag- 
onistic to the life of Christian schools by reason of State 
appropriations. State appropriation for the luxuries of edu- 
cation is not only antagonistic to independent schools, but 



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not necessary, and wrong in principle, and therefore to be 
resisted by all lovers cf justice. 

JFake Forest College is the property of the Baptists of 
North Carolina. Its curriculum and moral stamina, with its 
history of usefulness and efficiency in the past, appeal to 
every loyal Baptist in the State for his moral support and 
patronage. 

:^ssociatio7ial High ScJiools. — The exigencies of the times 
demand it, and we believe it to be wnse for each association, 
as far as possible, to establish and foster a High School, to 
be controled by a committee or board of trustees, elected by 
the association in session. 

SoutTiern Baptist Theological Seminary,— ^e commend 
this as the proper institution for our young ministers to at- 
tend when they have taken a course at Wake Forest College. 

Ministerial Education. — No more worthy appeal comes to 
our people than to use the Lord's money to assist in the edu- 
cation of His worthy poor ministers. We can advance the 
Master's kingdom in no way faster than to educate and send 
forth men called of God to preach His gospel. About 25 
young men are now aided by the Board of Education at Wake 
Forest, but as many more equally worthy and needy are re- 
fused aid for lack of means. Let the brethren ponder the 
needs of this Board just now. C. W. Blanchaed. 

Report was spoken to by C. W. Blanchard making a strong 
plea for Christian education and against State aid. Also for 
associational schools. And by L. R. Pruett, urging the im- 
portance of associational schools, and commending the Bible 
department of Wake Forest Also by W. M. Johnson and 
elder J. B. Richardson, insisting on the education of the 
masses and against State aid and for associational schools, and 
showing the wisdom of other denominations in going forward 
in this matter. Also by brother J. E. White, pleading earn- 
estly for an educated ministry. -Also by J. J. Payseur and 
J. R. Hankins. 

Report was adopted. Adjourned until 2 p. m. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Opened by singing "There is a fountain filled with blood.', 

REPORT ON ORPHANAGE. 

Since you last met our Heavenly Father has seen fit to re- 
move from our midst, one who was a leader in your delibera- 
tions and discussions, and one whom you sorely miss and 
whose place cannot be filled. But God knew best, and the 
beloved Thos. H. Pritchard now stands around the throne 
of God singing hallelujas with the, angels. One year ago he 
met with you and joined in your devotions, and little did you 



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think then he would be called to his reward before you met 
again. But his last work has been done, his last sermon 
preached, and he is waiting over yonder for us to come. 

Remembering the good he has done and conscious of the 
influence which his consecrated life has exerted and is still 
exerting over the people of this State and this immediate 
section, let us press on and strive to accomplish the things 
for which he labored so long and planned so well. 

I trust yqu will pardon me for this slight digression from 
the subject in hand, but I felt that I could not make a report 
on the institution which he loved so well without saying a 
few words in memory of him, and I know you all agree with 
me. When I think of the one I think of the other, for Dr. 
Pritchard spoke so often of the orphanage and its grand and 
glorious work, in the short time that I knew him, and his zeal 
and interest inspired a like interest in me for the work of this 
home of the fatherless and motherless, although I have never 
seen the place nor met any of its officers. 

So far as I know, the same officers are in charge of the 
work as last year. Brother Boone has proven to be the right 
man in the right place, as evidenced by the work which he 
has done. They are somewhat in debt yet, and need help 
now. Brother Boone writes that the new central building is 
going up slowly, and more money is needed to complete it. 
He says, "there is not enough money subscribed to finish the 
building and furnish it by $1,000. The work could be com- 
pleted by Christmas, The health of the children is very 
good. There has been a gratifying increase in the current 
fund within the last few days, and we hope our brethren will 
not forget the needy orphans. We have a very efficient corps 
of teachers and matrons, and the work of the orphanage is 
doing well. There are 140 children in the orphanage now, 
and a number of applications have been filed, but there is not 
room for any more. So you see the urgent need of the cen- 
tral building, and the necessity for us to go to work and raise 
money to help finish the building. Pastors and Sabbath 
school superintendents, place this matter before your con-' 
gregations and schools. There are five matrons and five 
teachers in charge ot the children, and these consecrated 
w^omen need our help and our prayers, or else they will be 
forced to abandon this God-given work. S. G. Gate. 

Discussed by elder J. B. Richardson, showing the needs of 
the work — 140 fatherless and motherless ones to be fed and 
clothed; also by brother J, E. White in a strong and touching 
appeal for the little ones; and by J. J. Paj^seur, W^. J. Wyatt 
and L. R. Pruett, 

Pledges were taken, and a cash collection raised amount- 
ing to 113.00. Report adopted. 



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EEPOET ON STATE MISSIONS. 

The work in our State is the foundation of all the work of 
our denomination. It is the feeder which will enable every 
other enterprise we have projected to keep pace with the de- 
mands which new years and new fields make upon us. The 
number of missionaries at work in the State is 98, only three 
more than last year; they have preached to 450 congregations 
and baptized 770 persons up to August 1st. The last con- 
vention authorized the board to spend $15,000, and only 
$5,200 has been received, leaving a balance of $9,800 still to 
be raised. Owing to a change in the time of meeting of the 
convention, the year is only eleven months this time; the 
call is therefore imperative that we do something at once for 
the relief of this board. To this end resolved, that every 
church represented in this association take a special collec- 
tion for State Missions during the next four weeks. 

J. E. Hankins. 

Strong addresses were made by J. R. HankinsJ and J. E. 
White, showing that Foreign Missions as well as our denom- 
inational institutions depend largely, almost entirely, on the 
success of State Missions, and that 90 per cent of the Baptist 
churches in North Carolina in towns and cities were estab- 
lished through the State Mission Board; showing that the 
Baptist are the only people that have no authority except 
Christ and the word of God. 

Collection of $9.02 was taken for this object, and pledges 
taken for next year. Report adopted. 

night session. 

Met at 7 o'clock, opened by singing, and prayer by elder 
D. W- Thomason. 

The report on education was further discussed by brothers 
Baily, White, and others, for the Baptist Female College and 
for Christian education. Elder J. B. Richardson moved that 
the moderator appoint a committee of seven to make arrange- 
ments for the establishment of an Associational school. 

Motion carried, and moderator asked for time to appoint 
the committee, and was given until to-morrow a. m. 

J. R. Hankins offered the following resolution: 

That this association goon record as opposed to the pres- 
ent system of State aid to higher education. Carried. 

On motion, adjourned. 

THIRD DAY — MORNING SESSION. 

At 9:B0 devotional exercises by elder D. W. Thomason. 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

Never was the work of the Home Mission Board more im- 



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portant than now. The world's conversion very largely de- 
pends on this country for men and means, and so necessitates 
the evangelization of our own country. One of the greatest 
difficulties in our work is that people do not realize the great 
needs of the field. We beg that our churches study this 
great field of our work and pray that God will enlarge our 
sympathy for home missions. J. J. Pa^seuk. 

Ably discussed by brother Baily, showing the needs of the 
work, and that the religion of the New Testament as Baptists 
hold it, is a religion of freedom. Also by elder A. L. !Stowe, 
on the imj.ortance on evangelizing the flood of foreign Cath- 
olic emigrants that are pouring into this country, and of 
counteracting the false religion of the Catholic church. And 
by elder J. R. Hankins, showing this to be the fundamental 
work of our denomination; the Foreign Mission work depend- 
ing on the work done at home; Diaz being driven from Cuba 
by Catholic influence; showing that we owe a debt to the 
colored people, viz.: the gospel. And by elder D. W. Thom- 
ason, showing the desecration of the Sabbath day at our 
doors by a people that make great pretentions to piety, viz.: 
the Catholics. Also by H. L. Helms. 

Pledges made, and report adopted. 

Chair appointed the following committee on Associational 
School: W. M. Lyles, J. R. Haknins, G. C. Funderburk, J. 
A. Durham, J. J, Payseur, C. S. Davis, and L, R. Pruett. 

Committee on time and place of next meeting submitted a 
report, recommending Hopewell Church as the place, and 
Thursday before the fourth Sunday in October, 1897, as, the 
time, and elder L. R. Pruett to preach introductory sermon. 

Amendment was offered changing time to Friday before 
third Sunday in October, 1897, and hold until Monday. 

Report adopted as amended. Adjourned until 2 p. m, 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Opened with singing. Report of Finance committee read 
and accepted. Chair appointed the following delegates 
to Baptist State Convention: W. M. Lyles, W. M. Johnson, 
L. R. Pruett, and I. W. Durham. The Chair appointed elder 
LJ R. Pruett delegate to the Southern Baptist Convention, 
and elder J. B. Richardson alternate. 

The committee appointed at last meeting of the association 
on Associational School, reported that they had selected 
Metthews as the most suitable place for said school. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

The work of the Foreign Mission Board, located at Rich- 
mond, Va., is to give the gospel to the nations of the earth. 
This is a wonderful and far-reaching mission. The giving of 



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the gospel to the icorld is the greatest and most important 
enterprise in the icorld. This is also the work of the churches, 
co-operating with the board. Co-operative effort on the part 
of the churches, mission societies, and the individual Christ- 
ian, is the burning need of the day. The disciples had power 
on the day of Pentecost because they were of one accord, in 
one place. Paul essayed to go into Bithynia to preach the 
gospel of the Lord, but the spirit suffered him not and showed 
him a vision, a man of Macedonia appeared to him, saying, 
'•Come over into Macedonia and help us." To Paul this was 
a strange messenger from a foreign land, and it was a call to 
foreign mission work. This Macedonia cry is the winged 
message from the heathen lands to Ihe churches of this 
country and of this association. Looking on the field which 
is already white unto harvest, we see China with 407,000,000, 
the Islands of the Pacific with 10,000,000, Burman with 15,- 
000,000, dark Africa with 200,000,000, South America with 
84,000,000, Mexico with her thousands; all saying, "Come 
over and help us." All these nations offer wide opened doors 
for missionary effort. The Christian world, especially the 
Baptists, never had such golden opportunities for mission 
work, both at home and abroad. 

Let us go forward under the marching command of our 
Lord and save the world wnth the progressive spirit of mis- 
sions, for ''the law of progress is the law of life." 

L. R. Pruett. 

Discussed by elder L. R, Pruett and brother J. T. Burris^ 
and by brother J.N. Tolor of the w^ork in Asia Minor among 
the Mahomedans, paying a splendid tribute to Gladstone, 
insisting on uafaltering faith in our God. Also by brother 
Baily, showing the history and progress of Baptist missions 
in all ages. Report adopted. 

On motion of J. R. Hankins, elders A. C. Barron and J. B. 
Richardson were appointed to preach missionary sermons on 
Sunday at next meeting of the association. 

The following resolution was read and adopted. 

Resolved, That this association express its thanks to the 
members of the Matthews Church and their friends for the 
hospitable entertainment which we have received during 
this meeting of our body. 

On motion adjourned to meet at Hopewell Baptist Church 
on Friday before the third Sunday in October 1897. 

Elder L. R. PRUETT, Moderator. 

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HOPEWELL BAPTIST CHURCH, 
bAviDSON COLLEQB, N. C, 

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eWARLOTtE, N. CA 
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* 1897. 



OPFICJgRS OF THE ASSOCIA'TlON. 

Moderator : 
Rev. h. R. Pruett, Charlotte, N. C. 

Clerk. 
Hugh hong, Mt. Pleasant, N. C. 

Tri^asuri^r. 
C- S. Holton, Charlotte, N. C, 

Executive; Boards 

A. C. Barron, Charlotte, N. C. 
L. R. Pruett, Charlotte N. C. 
J. J. Payseur, Concord, N. C; 
J. T. Mitchell, Lodo, N. C. 
J. A. Durham, Charlotte, N C, 

Member of the Board oe Missions. 
R. H. Jordan, Charlotte, N. C. 

Ordained Ministers. 

J. J. Payseur, Charlotte, N. C. 

W. B. Talbirt, Concord, N. C. 

W. M. Johnson, Matthews, N. C. 

J. W. Abernethy, Matthews, N. C. 

A. C. Barron, D. D., Charlotte, N. C. 

C. J. Black, Arlington, N. C. 

A. N. Hinson, Croft, N. C. 

J. F. Morris, Stanley Creek, N. C. 

h. R. Pruett, Charlotte, N. C. 

L. L. Starratte, Concord, N. C. 

J. B. Richardson, D. D., High Point, N. C. 

A. C. Davis, Olive Branch, N. C. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



First Day.— MORNING SESSION. 
Davidson College, N. C , 

Friday i Oct. 15, 1897. 

Tlie Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Baptist Association con- 
vened in its Twelfth Annual Session with Hopewell Baptist 
church, Oct 15,1897. The Moderator called the Association 
to order and at his request Rev. John E White conducted 
devotional exercises, reading the 91st Psalm and leading in 
prayer The Introductory sermon was postponed until 7 
o'clock at night Rev. C E Gowef, of the King's Mountain 
Association, was made clerk pro tern, and Rev. J E White 
end Rev E. F. Tatum, of China, were asked to serve as read- 
ing clerks. 

Churches and delegates were enrolled as follows : 

Arlington — E H. Hinson, E. H. Williams, Wm. Oonnell. 

Chaney's Hill — 

Clear Creek— W T Helms. T. W. Bass. 

Cold Water— T V Talbirt, J W Connell. 

Concord — Wm. Corrine, Braxton McLester, L L. Starratte. 

Friendship — J. T. Mitchell, R. M Walker. 

Hopewell— H. D. Winecoff, Charley Hudgpeth, T. A. 
Jones. 

Howell's— T. D. Joyner, W. S. Polk, L . T. Post. 

Independence Hill — J R McCurdy, C. S. Davis, J. L. 
Cashion. 

Long Creek— M. W Sanford, L N. Todd, L. L. Grass. 

Matthews— T. J Renfrow, J. N Tolar 

Mt Pleasant — Hugh Long, H. T. Johnson. 

Olivet — C. S. Holton. 

Phaniels— J. M. Funderburk, C. W. Probst, D. L. Ed- 
dleman. 

Pine Hill- 
Pleasant Plain — New Church- 
Rock Hill— A, D Crisco, H L Helms, J. C Crisco. 

Twelfth Street— L. R Pruett, L. Bailey, E. T. Crump, R. 
R. Black. 

Tryon Street— Dr. A C. Barron, J. A. Durham, R. H. 
Jordan. 

Wilson Grove— J. T Griffin, T. A. Griffin, A. L. Pigg. 

Election of officers resulted in the election of Rev L R. 
Pruett, moderator; Hugh Long, clerk, and C. S. Holton, 
Treasurer. 



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Mount Pleasant Baptist church made application for ad- 
mission into Ihe Association and the application was referred 
to a committee composed of E. II. Hinson, J. T. Mitchell and 
C S. Davis. 

The Moderator recognized Rev. J. E. White, correspond- 
ing Secretary of the Baptist State Convention, Rev. C. E 
Gower, of the King's Mt. Association, and Rev. E. F. Ta- 
tum, missionary to China. Brother White stated that he re- 
presented the Biblical Recorder, the price of which had been 
reduced to $i 5oto meet the hard times and that he would be 
glad to receive subscriptions Bro. Tatum stated that he was 
ready to take subscriptions to the Foreign Mission Journal 
Brother Gower stated that he would represent the Recorder 
and N. C. Baptist after Brother White left. 

Rev. J. J. Payseur suggests that we get through with the 
Business of the Association on Sunday instead of Monday. 
Remarks by C. S. Hoiton and the Moderator, motion carried. 

In the absence of Dr. J B. Richardson, the appointee of 
last Association, Rev J. E. White was asked to make a report 
on State Missions. 

In the absence of Rev. C J. Black, the appointee of last 
Association. Rev. J. J. Payseur was requested to make a re- 
port on Periodicals. 

Churches were asked to report and was responded to by 
Matthews. On motion of Rev. J. J. Payf^eur the Association 
adjourned until i -.30 p. m 

Benediction by Rev. E. F. Tatum. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Moderator called the Association to order at i r^o p. 
m, and Rev J, N. Tolar led in prayer. 

The committee appointed to consider the application of Mt. 
Pleasant church report recommending the new church to 
membership in the Association The report is adopted and 
the right hand of fellowship extended to the Delegate. 

The Moderator called for the report of churches and was re* 
sponded to by Concord, Cold Water, Long Creek and Phan- 
iels. 

Pleasant Plain Baptist church presented a letter by T. J» 
jp.enfrow at the request of the Delegates from the Union Bap^ 
tist Association asking admission into this Association. Af- 
ter some statements by Rev. J. E. White the church was re- 
ceived into this body. 

The Moderator announced the following committees : On 
religious exercises ; Pastor and Deacons of Hopewell church. 
On Finance : J. R. McCurdy, E. PI. Williams, J. L. Cashion, 



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On Time and Place : T. J. Renfrew, R. R. Black, Braxton 

McLester. 

The letter from Clear Creek church was presented and read. 
The report on State Missions was called for and was read 

by Rev. J. E. White as follows : 

REPORr ON STATE MISSION. 

' The State Mission work in the bounds of the Mecklenburg 
and Cabarrus Association has been greatly blessed in the past 
three years. Five new churches have been organized and 
much headway made in establishing Baptist principles In hos- 
tile territory. God is likewise blessing the labour of our other 
State missionaries throughout the State. Up to Aug. ist. 
over i,ooo conversions were reported and 69 new Sunday 
Schools organized on mission fields. We have 90 missionaries 
at work in 45 counties preaching the Gospel at about 400 des- 
titute points. The call is constantly coming from new fields 
for help. There are more unsaved men and women in North 
Carolina today than ever before in the State's history. The 
startling fact confronts us that thei-e are in North Carolina 
over one million people out of Christ. 

As Baptists we have a great responsibility. We cannot 
avoid it We cannot escape from it We must meet it as 
becomies soldiers of the cross, bravely and with the determina- 
tion to plant the standard of Christ, and establish New Testa- 
ment churches in the reach of every man woman and child in 
our beloved State To do this we must expect to make sacri- 
fices. The churches in this Association are most of them not 
strong, but each church should and could do more than last 
year Jno E. W^hite. 

The report was ably discussed by Rev. J. E White, show- 
ing ihe Bible teaching and necessity of the division of mis- 
sions into State, Home, and Foreign, also how greatly missions 
have aided in building up the Baptist faith in North Carolina 
and the great destitution that still exists in the State. A cash 
collection was taken for vState Missions amounting to $S 73. 
The report was adopted and pledges taken. The discussion 
was closed by Rev. E F Tatum. 

The Moderator called for the report on Periodicals and it 
was read by Rev. J. J. Payseur and adopted as follows : 

report on periodicals. 

We have in North Carolina some of the best literature in 
the world The Biblical Recorder is th ^ best 

cliurch paper 1 know t>f al all; and it gives the Siale and 
general news on u!i im'jH>; tt'nl subiccls. 



The Editor — Bro J. VV. Bailey has proven himself to be a 
strong man. His editorials on education alone are worth ten 
times the cost of the paper It is now reduced in price to 
$1 50 a year. All Baptists ought to read the Foreign Mission 
Journal, the Recorder, the North Carolina Baptist, and Char- 
ity and Children. 

The reason so many of our people a;re not in sympathy with 
our work for our Master is they know so little about it. The 
many earnest appeals made by our brethren never reach thou- 
sands of our people Our children are going to read some- 
thing, lets give them something good to read. 

Let every pastor earnestly impress this matter upon their 
brethren. The families that read our papers and keep up 
with the work are the ones who freely contribute to the calls 
of our Lord and Master. Re.spectfully vSubmitted, 

J. J. PAYSEUR. 

The subject was discussed by Rev. J. J. Payseur, Rev. J. 
E. White, Rev C. E. Gower, T. J. Renfrow and Rev. E. F. 
Tatum. 

Here the Association deviated from the regular course of 
business and went into the discussion of Union Meetings, par- 
ticipated in by Rev J. E. White C. S. Holton, Rev. J. J. 
Payseur and the Moderator. 

C. S Holton was elected Treasurer of the Association, and 
R H. Jordan was elected Associational Member of the Board 
of Missions 

The Moderator requested brethren to make reports tomor- 
row on subjects as follows : Home Missions, T, J. Renfrow ; 
Education, Rev. J N. Tolar ; Sabbath School, A W. Wilcox. 

It was announced that Rev L R. Pruett would preach the 
Introductory iSermon at 7 o'clock at night. 

On motion the Association adjourned. Prayer by Rev. A, 
N. Hinson. 

NIGHT SESSION. 

After several songs had been sung Rev. L. R l*ruett read 
for the evening lesson the ist. Chapter of John and preached 
a good soul-stirring sermon taking his text from the 12th. 
Chap, and 3d verse of Daniel. Rev E F. Tatum lead in 
prayer. The congregation sang: "Must Jesus Bear the 
Cross Alone." The Association adjourned till 10 a. m to- 
morrow, Benediction by Rev L. R. Pruett. N^. 

Second Day. — Morning Session. 

Saturday, Oct. 16, 
Association met at 10 a. m. for devotional exercises conduc- 
ted by Bro. R. A. Christenbury, reading and commenting on 



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the 22nd. chapter of Matthew, The exercises were closed 
with prayer by Bro. T J. Rent row. 

The Association was then c:tlled to order by the Moderator 
and the proceedings of yesterday were read by the clerk and 
approved. 

The report on Home Missions was called for and read by 
T. J. Renfrow and adopted as follows : 

REPORT 02sr HOME MISSIONS. 

This department of our work embraces all the territory in- 
cluded in the bounds of the Southern Baptist Convention. This 
is a very important part of our work from the fact that it has 
to do with so many different fields and also very dissimilar peo- 
ple. This Board undertakes to give divine instruction in 
destitute sections in all the Southern States embraced by this 
convention. The Indian Territory is included under this fea- 
ture of our v/ork. The whole colored population of the South 
is an open field for gospel instruction. 

To this work our Home Board gives attention. And then 
comes the perplexing task of giving the truth, as we believe 
it, to the foreign population in our bounds This is import- 
ant, slow and hard work. This work also appeals to our 
Home Board. 

The work in Cuba is also under the Home Mission Board. 
This report does not undertake to discuss the needs of these 
various and dissimilar fields and peoples, but simply presents 
them for prayerful consideiation. Our Board has done much 
work on these fields during the past year. The Lord has 
honored the work. The Board is greatly in need of funds to 
continue their work. Respectfully submitted. 

Committee, 

The report was discussed by brethren T. J. Renfrow, C. E. 
Gower, J. J. Payseur and H. L. Helms. Report was adopt- 
dges were taken. 

Dr. A. C. Barron made the following; 

REPORT on foreign MISSIONS, 

Baptists of all people ought to be deeply concerned about 
Foreign Missions. Loyalty to the captain of their salvation 
would lead them to carry out his marching order to *'Go into 
all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Just 
as long as there are creatures who have not been evangelized, 
we must "go preach" aiid "go teach," whether those creatures 
are to be found in our own land or in foreign lands. Then, too, 
God has been pleased to identify us most closely with this for- 
eign mission movement The first great modern missionary, 
Wm. Carey, was a Baptist preacher. The first society organiz- 
ed to support this cause was formed in the kitchen of a Baptist 



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widow woman The first subscription list bore the names of 
i3 humble Baptists It was at a Baptist Association, the 
Northamptonshire of England, that there was sounded a trum- 
pet peal that aroused the Christ ans of Great Britain to give 
the gospel to the heathen. 

In this country. God gave us Adoniram Judson and Luther 
Rice to link us forever to this gr^at modern movement. 
From the inception of the Southern Baptist convention foreign 
missions have claimed the sympathy and support of our peo- 
ple. A large share of the contribution of our churches have 
gone to the support of workers in foreign lands, and God has 
greatly honored our sacrifices by giving us many converts from 
the darkness of heathenism. 

The Foreign Mission Board, the channel through which our 
gifts flow to the foreign fields, is located in Richmond, Vir- 
ginia, and has Dr. R J. Willinghan as Secretary. The Board 
employes about lOo missionaries who work in the four quar- 
ters of the world-— Europe, Asia, Africa and America. From 
these workers come the most encouraging tidings of success in 
preaching the Word and winning souls for Jesus. 

Our European mission is confined to Italy, with headquart- 
ers in Rome, Dr. Geo B Taylor, superintendent. Dr. John 
H. Eager, his co-labourer, is in this country now, but expects to 
return soon to Italy. In the meantime a very able force of na 
live w^orkers press the work 

In Asia we have missionaries in the great empire of China 
and its smaller neighbor Japan. God is moving in a marvel- 
ous way in both these countries, breaking dowm prejudice and 
preparing the people for the acceptance of the gospel. 

The x-\frican mission has cost the lives of many of our most 
faithful workers, through its unhealthy climate and terrible 
fevers, still the work moves on. The colored people of this 
country are taking more interest in the evangelization of the 
land ot their fathers and it is hoped erelong will assume all 
the responsibility of this work. 

In America we have laborers in Brazil and Mexico, our 
sister republics Every mail almost brings us cheering tidings 
from these countries, showing how God is blessing the little 
we are doing for these great countries We beg to suggest to 
our members that they take and read the Foreign Mission 
Journal, the organ of the Board, and thus keep posted on the 
progress of the cause. Reading Baptists are sure to be giv- 
ing Baptists. We also think it would be advisable to have in 
every church a representative of the Foreign Mission Board. 
Some member charged with the responsibility of looking af- 
ter collections for the cause of Foreiorn Missions, v/ho could 
al,,-o .secure subscriptions for the Journal. Such ,\n agent 



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would be quite o help to the pastors as Vv-ell as the Board. 

Respectfully, 
A. C. BARRON, Chm. 

Discussions by Dr Barron and Bro Tatum. Report 
adopted Dr. Williams of Davidson College, and Bro. Arch 
Johnson, of Charity and Children were recognized bv the 
Chair. 

The congregation sang "Stand Up For Jesus" after which 
the roll of churches was called and pledges taken for Foreign 
Missions, 

: The following persons were appointed to represent Foreign 
Missions in their churches: Arlington, F. M. Hinson, Ar- 
lington ; Tryon Street. W. F Dowd, Charlotte ; Clear Creek, 
W. T. Helms, Clear Creek ; Cold Water, L. A. Talbirt, Con- 
cord ; Concord, Baxter McLester, Concord; Hopcv/ell, Thos. 
B. White, Caldwell; Howell's, G, W Garmon,'Furr's ; Inde- 
pendence Hill, Miss Sue Wiley, Croft; Matthews, W. M. 
Johnson, Matthews; Wilson Grove, John Griffin, Mint Hill; 
Long Creek, L. N Todd, Paw Creek ; Friendship, Mrs. Liz- 
zie Price, Lodo; Twelfth Street, W. E. Polk. Charlotte ; 
Phaniels, C. W Probst, Yost; Rock Hill, Hall Taylor, Con- 
cord : Mt. Pleasant, Miss Li Hie Long, Mt. Pleasant. 

The Moderator announced the following topics with writers 
to report at the next session of the Association : 

State Missions, J. J. Payseur. 

Home Missions, A. C Barron. 

Foreign Missions, J. N Toiar. 

Education, T. J Ren fro w. 

Orphanage, A N. Hinson. 

Sunday Schools, Hugh Lonj^. 

Minister's Relief Board, W^. J. Wyatt. 

Associotion adjourned until i 30 p. m. Benediction by Dr. 
Barron 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The business of the Association was preceded by singing 
"Jesus Lover of My Soul." The Moderator called the Asso- 
ciation to order and Rev. J. N. Tolar submitted the following. 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

No part .of our denominational work should appeal to us so 
strongly as Education. To it, perhaps more than to any other 
part, we owe our success as Baptists. Wake Forest College 
has done more for the promulgation of Baptist sentiment than 
any other factor at work among us. From it, as the great 
educational center of Baptist principles, have gone forth men 
into every avocation of life. Every part of the globe is feel- 
ing her influence today. God has wonderfully blessed our 



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beloved institution. During the darkness and gloom of the 
civil war and the days following His li md seemed to lead her 
onward and upward Her sons have always stood in the 
front rank, both in denominational and political life. The 
State has felt her power and is feeling it today. It is a ques- 
tion of only a few years at most before the principles enun- 
ciated by her able president will take North Carolina. We 
cannot too heartily recommend this institution to your love 
and pride 

Special mention, too, should be made of the great host of 
Baptist High Schools throughout the State Both in feeding 
the college and in reaching the boys and girls otherwise not 
to be touched they are doing untold good. As loyal Baptists 
with the success of God's Ivingdom at heart, we cannot af- 
ford not to give them our undivided support. We cannot too 
warmly commend to your sympathy and prayers our Female 
University, now in process ot erection in Raleigh. It is hoped 
that its doors can be thrown open to tiie hundreds of Baptist 
girls in the State next fall. Its completion will make a grand 
stride forward- The good Wake Forest has done will be 
known only in eternity. Its future is bright enough to make 
every Baptist heart glow with enthusiasm. Side by side with 
her in all her work will stand the Female University. While 
we have a school for our boys second to none in the State, let 
us rally also to the support of the University and make it, as 
it evidently shall be, the leading female institution of N. C. 
and the South Let us not do things by halves Our schools 
are our hope. We can never succeed without them. They in- 
crease our responsibility to God, it is true, but we are respon- 
sible to Him for our neglect of them 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. N. TOLAR. 

Discussion opened by an able speech by Prof Tolar, and 
continued by Bro. Arch. Johnson, of the Orphanage Re- 
port adopted and pledges taken 

The report on the Orpb.anage was called for and responded 
to by Rev J.J. Payseur, as follows : 

liEPORT OIJ ORPHANAGE. 

This has been the best year for our Orphanage in its history 
The central building was opened last June. We have i6o 
children here and they are comfortably situated so far as 
buildings are concerned. There has been during the past year 
twice as much money paid to the Orphanage as current ex- 
penses demanded, but over half of it was put into the Central 
Building. There is still a debt of $700 on the Central Build- 
ng to bepaid in December, Rev. J. B. Boone, the manager 



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of the Orphanage, has shown beyond a doubt that he can run 
our orphanage successfully The love and interest that sister 
Boone has shown for the Orphanage has made for her a name 
that will live forever in our hearts. 

Charity and Children -will in the near future be improved 
very much but will remain the same in price. The Baptists 
of North Carolina should be very thankful to God for what 
their Orphanage is doing. Contributions are falling off some 
for the Orphanage in the last few months. Let us not allow 
that. liespectfully Submitted, 

J. J. PAYSEUR. 

Discussion by Rev. J. J. Payseur, Bro. Arch. Johnson, re- 
presenting the Orphanage, and Rev, C. E. Gower. Report 
adopted. A cash collection was taken for the Orphanage 
amounting to $13.75. The roll of churches was called and 
pledges taken. 

In the absence of Rev. A. N. Hinson, the clerk read the fol- 
lowing. 

REPORT ON THE MINISTER'S RELIEF BOARD. 

There are now on the Board a great many families of aged 
and infirm ministers who are dependent on the charity of our 
people for help. Shall we turn our backs on them? Those 
faithful servants of God have borne the burden and heat of 
the battle in their da)^, and now gone to their reward. They 
have spoken words of comfort to us in lime past and though 
we cannot help those who have passed away, let us hold them 
sacred in our memories and help such as are in need. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. N. HINSON. 

iVfter discussion by Dr. Barron, the report was adopted, 
and pledges were taken. 

The committee on Time and Place made the following re- 
port : 

We have received application from four churches for this 
Association to be held with them next year, as follows : In- 
dependence Hill, Cold Water, Clear Creek, and Howell's. 
After considering these invitations we recommend that the 
Association meet in its next session on Thursday before the 
third Sunday in October 1898 with Cold Water church and 
that Dr. A. C.Barron preach the Introductory sermon. 

T. J. RENFROW, Chairman. 

On motion of Dr Barron the time was changed to Wed- 
nesday, instead of Thursday, (see next page ) The follow- 
ing Executive Board was appointed, A. C. Barron, L. R. 
Pruett, J. J. Payseur, J. T. Mitchell, J. A. Durham. 

Dr. A C. Barron was elected a delegate to the next session 
of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Rev, J. J. Payseur, 



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alternate. 

The Finance Committee submitted tlieir report and it was 
adopted. 

Rev C. E Gower offered the following vote of thanks 
which was adopted. 

Resolved, That the thanks of the delegates and visitors are 
due and are hereby tendered to the brethren, sisters and citi- 
zens of this community for their kindness and hospitality dur- 
ing this Association 

It was decided to take a collection tomorrow for Foreign 
missions. 

The committee on Religious Exercises made the following 
report: Tomorrow at lo a m , Sunday School mass meeting, 
conducted by Rev. C. E Gower, Rev. L. R. Pruett to preach 
in the house and Rev. J.J Payseur at the stand at ii a m 

Committee. 

Rev. 1. J Payseur and C. S. Holton, a committee from last 
Union meeting reported and asked the pleasure of the Asso- 
ciation as to the advisability of holding any more Union meet- 
ings. It was decided to have Union Meetings and on invita- 
tion of Bro. J R. McCurdy the next Union meeting will be 
held the fifth Sunday in October with Independence Hill 
Baptist church A committee was appointed to arrange a 
program for this meeting 

On motion of Bro J R. McCurdy, the time and place for 
holding the next Association was reconsidered and the time 
and place was changed to Howell's Baptist church, Thursday 
before the third Sunday in October, 1898 

Association adjourned till 10 a m Sunday, the congrega- 
tion singing "Long Metre Doxology," and Dr Barron leading 
in prayer. 

SUNDAY morning. 

The Association met at 10 a, m. in Sunday School Mass 
meeting, conducted by Rev C E. Gower. Speeches by 
brethren. Gower, Tatum and Long 

On motion of Bro Hugh Long each church in the Associa- 
tion wf»s asked to take a collection for the benefit of Rev A 
C. Davis, who has done a large amount of unpaid missionary 
service in the Association, and who has recently suffered the 
loss of his dwelling etc by fire. 

At II a m Rev. L R Pruett preached in the house on 
"Christ the Power of God," and Rev. C. E. Gower preached 
in the grove on ' I am the light of the World." A cash col- 
lection was taken for Foreign missions amounting to $8 65. 

Association adjourned to meet with Howell's, Thursday be- 
fore the third Sunday of October 1898. 

Hugh Long, Clerk., Rev. L. R, Pruett, Moderator. 





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October 13, 14 and 15, 1898. 



The next session to be held with Friendship Baptist 
Church, Lodo, Mecklenburg county, N. C. , on 
Wednesday before the third Sunday in Oc- 
tober, 1899. Introductory sermon by 
Rev. L. R, Pruett. 






THOMASVJLLE, N. C: 
CHARITY AND CHILDREN PRINT. 



OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. 



Moderator — Rev. J. J. Payseur, Concord, N. C. 
CivKRK— C. J. Black, Big Lick, N. C. 
Treasurer— C. S. Holton, Charlotte, N. C. 

Executive Board : 
Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Durham, " " 

Rev. A. C. Barron, D. D., '' 
J. T. Michel, Lodo, N. C. 
W. A. Morgan, Concord, N. C. 

Member of the Board of Missions — R. H. Jor- 
dan, Charlotte, N. C. 

Ordained Ministers : 
J. W. Abernathy, Matthews, N. C. 
A. C. Barron, Charlottte, 
C. J. Black, Big Lick, 
S. F. Conrad. Charlotte, 
A. N. Hinson, Croft, 

Hunnycutt, Concord, 

W. M. Johnson, Matthews, 
J. F. Morris, Stanley Creek, 
L. R. Pruett, Charlotte, 
J. J. Payseur, Concord, 
J. L. Shinn, Moresville, 
J. S. Snider, Wingate, 
W. T. Talbirt, Concord, 
T. B. Phillips, Charlotte, 



PROCEEDINGS. 



Hovsrell's Baptist CIntirclTL, October 13, 1898. 

FIRST DAY — MORNING SESSION. 

The Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association met in 
the 13th annual session at Howell's Baptist Church 
and was opened by singing "There is a Fountain," 
and prayer by Rev. J. C. Caddell; after which the roll 
ot the churches was called and delegates reported as 
follows : 

Arlington — E. H. Hinson and L- I. Lipe. 

Tryon Street— I. W. Durham, W. F. Dowd, J. A. 
Durham. 

Clear Creek — J. D. Helms, N. J. Fcguson. 

Cold Water— L. A. Talbirt, L. M. Fisher, J. D. 
Smith, 

Concord — J. J. Payseur, J. D. McLester, J. W. 
Welch, W. J. Black Jessie Parker, J. R. Hinson. 

Chaney's Hill— Thos. Faulk. 

Hopewell — F. A. Hawkins. 

Howell's — Jesse Green. Callie Dorton, J S. Joyner. 

Independence Hill — C. S. Davis, J. R. McCurdy. 

Matthews — Geo. V. Renfrow, Dr. Massey, Rev. J. 
S. Snider. 

Olivet— Rev. S. F. Conard, C. S. Holton, C. Gresh- 
am. 

Wilson's Grove — W. G. Thomas, Jno. T. James. 

lyong Creek — Rev. J. ly. Shinn. 

Newells— W. C. Austin, L. A. Barbee, Rev. J. W. 
Snider. 

Friendship — J. T. Mitchell, Wilson Springer. 

Twelfth Street — Not represented. 

Phaniels — J. M. Funderburk, D. L. Eddleman. 

Pleasant Plain — W. S. Paxton, J. ly. Shannon, B. 
F. Shannon. 



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Mt. Pleasant — Not represented. 

Rock Hill— H. I,. Helms, R. A. Christenberry, 
Rev. A. N. Hinson, A. D. Crisco. 

Introductory sermon was preached by Rev. J. J. 
Payseur, from Heb. 2:3. He preached a very stirring 
missionary sermon. 

On motion the following officers were elected: Mod- 
erator, J, J. Payseur; Clerk, C. J. Black; Treasurer, 
C. S. Holton. 

The moderator welcomed corresponding messengers 
Rev. R. H. James, of the Union Association, and Rev. 
K- P. Harrington, of the Stanley Association, also 
Bro. J. C. Caddell, of the "Recorder." 

The chair then appointed a committee on order of 
business, consisting of Rev. S. F. Conard, W. F. Tal- 
birt, J. S. Welch. 

C. J. Black, pastor of Howell's church, in a few re- 
marks, cordially welcomed the Association to the 
church and community, and especially to the heavily 
laden tables in the grove. 

Association adjourned for dinner. Benediction by 
Rev. S. F. Conrad. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

After partaking of the bounties prepared by the 
good sisters, the Association reassembled. After sing- 
ing ''Nearer My God to Thee" and prayer by Rev. 
A. N. Hinson, the order of business was then taken 
up. 

The chair appointed the clerk to report on periodi- 
cals. 

Rev. James made an encouraginjj- report from the 
Union Association, stating that they were doing a 
grand work for the Master in the Wingate School. 

The chair then called for the executive board's re- 
poit, but they failed to respond, and the report was 



5 
then called for from the missionaries. Rev. Shinn 
arose and gave a thrilling account of his work at 
Mooresville, Davidson and Huntersville, and recom- 
mended the purchase of a lot at Davidson and also at 
Huntersville where the prospects are bright and en- 
couraging; a lot has already been donated there and 
the material to build a house partially obtained. Bro. 
F. A. Hawkins also made some appropriate remarks 
in regard to the work at Davidson, showing how much 
they need a house at Davidson. Bro. H. L,. Helms 
and A. N. Hinson spoke encouragingly of the work 
at Rock Hill. Bro. Talbirt spoke of the growth of 
Wilson's Grove, and Rev. S. F. Conrad made a stir- 
ring speech on State Missions and recommended that 
the Association manage her own affairs, but was op- 
posed by Rev. C. S. Holton, who stated that we re- 
ceived more than we gave. His statement was corob- 
orated by that of Bro, J. C. Caddell, who spoke of the 
judicious distribution of funds by the State board. 

The chair noticed Rev. Stringfield and A. 
Johnson, of "Charity and Children," and invited them 
to seats in tbe Association. Rev. Stringfield replied 
by stating that he was the happiest man alive and that 
he was more than glad to be here. 

MISCEI.LANEOUS BUSINESS. 

Rev. Talbirt arose and sadly stated that there were 
many reports being circulated relative to A. W. Crab- 
tree's character, and that the church was taking no 
action. On motion the following committee was ap- 
pointed to report to the Association to-morrow : S. F. 
Conrad, C. S. Davis, A. Johnson. The chair appointed 
brethren J. T. Mitchell, J. D. McLester and S. F. 
Conrad committee on time and place; J ly. Shinn, C. 
J. Black and I. W. Durham nominating committee; J. 
R McCurdy, H. L. Helms and C. Gresham, finance 
committee. 



SECOND DAY. 

Opened with devotional exercises conducted hy Bra. 
Stringfield, who made a nice littte talk on "Yoke 
Wearing," after which the moderator called the As- 
sociation to order and read the full report on order of 
business. 

On motion it was adopted. 

REPORT OF ORPHANAGK. 

The Baptist Orphanage has just closed a year of 
great prosperity. A gracious Providence has cared 
for the health of the officers and children. Though a 
severe epedemic of measles has prevailed, only one 
child died from the disease. One has died from heart 
disease and one from dropsy. 

Since the last session of this body many valuable 
improvements have been made. The central or 
school building has been completed, at a cost of more 
than $5,000. During the past year this has been oc- 
cupied and found admirably suited to the purpose for 
which it was erected. By means of this building the 
superintendent has been enabled to grade the school 
properly, and thus to have the children more tho- 
roughly taught. And, too, the congregat^g of the 
children into this building for instruction, has opened 
for sleeping rooms the rooms heretofore used for 
school rooms. The trustees have thus, found them- 
selves in a position to admit a larger number of or- 
phans than the originial plan of buildings permitted. 

A home for the general manager — certainly an ur- 
gent need — is in process of erection. He and his 
wife have heretofore been housed in the infirmary, an 
inconvenient arrangement, especially in case of epe- 
demic disease raging-. The treasurer's report shows 
that the sum of $800 has been contributed for this 
building, ihough twelve hundred dollars were sub. 



7 
scribed at the last session of the Baptist State Conven- 
tion. 

A new printing press and general outfit for "Charity 
and Children" have been secured at a cost of several 
hundred dollars. A marked improvement in the gen- 
eral make-up — the mechanical part — of the paper has 
been observed by all. It is carefully edited, and is in 
all respects admirably filling its sphere. The treasur- 
er's report shows that the receipts from subscriptions 
and advertising have exceeded the expenses by $450. 

The Orphanage owns a farm of over three hundred 
acres of fairly valuable land. The products of this 
farm for the last year are estimated to be worth $1,282. 
The total expenses of making the crop were $649.45, 
leaving a net profit of $632.55. 

The total receipts in money and in kind for the past 
year reached the magnificent sum of $13,871.05 — the 
largest of any year in the history of the Orphanage. 
A part of this was used to pay off the debt on central 
building — a part, $1,000, was legacy from Dr. R. D. 
Fleming's estate — and $9,016 were used to clothe, 
feed and teach one hundred and sixty children — mak- 
ing the average cost per head $56.00. And your com- 
mittee begs to assu-e this body that this sum wisely 
used has been found sufficient to maintain in a very 
comfortable style the orphan children under the care 
of this institution. Committee. 

Report on Orphanage was discussed by Rev. A. 
Johnson in a strong and effectual address, after which 
a cash collection was taken, amounting to $8,59. On 
motion the report was adopted. 

The chair at this time welcomed Rev. J. S. Snider, 
of the Union Association. 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

No longer can we disregard the education of our 



8 

children. "Ignorance is the mother of vice," while 
education is the hand-maid of Christianity. We earn- 
estly urge the people to make greater use of the pub- 
lic schools by securing more efficient teachers. We 
hope that the day will soon come when the mcney 
now appropriated for higher education may be turned 
into the public schools. We heartily commend the 
establishment of an Associational High School to be 
located at some central point within this Association, 
and that a committee be appointed at this session of 
the Ass<)ciation to make suitable arrangements for iis 
establishment. We heartily endorse Wake Forest, the 
grandest institution in North Carolina. 

J. L. Shinu. 
Discussed by J. C. Caddell, for ministerial educa- 
tion, and Rev. Stringfield for female education. Bro. 
J. S. Snider, of the Wingate School, and C. J. Black, 
of Big Lick Academy. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Associational school question was brought up 
at this point and was discussed with much interest by 
Rev. Stringfield, J. S. Shinn and W. C. Dowd. 

The following motion was made : 

Resolved, That a board of trustees, consisting of 
five members, be appointed; whose duty will be to 
purchase a lot and build a house for an Associational 
High School. Also, that they shall be empowered to 
employ teachers and take the general oversight of 
said school. J. S. Shinn. 

On motion it was adopted. 

REPORT on home MISSIONS. 

This department is to give the Gospel to the desti- 
tute portions of the territory within the bounds of the 
Southern Baptist Convention and the islands of Cuba 
and Porto Rico. The conclusion of the war with 



9 

Spain opens np new fields. Let us realize what this 
new opportunity is and hasten to occupy this new 
territory by sending men and money to this new field 
full of such great possibilities. Committee. 

Discussed by J. C. Caddell. On motion the report 
was adopted. 

REPORT ON PERIODICAI^S. 

Every person engaged in the Lord's work ought to 
read religious literature, no one can attain any great 
degree of success without reading. As church mem- 
bers, we ought to read the Biblical Recorder and North 
Carolina Baptist; as Sunday-schools, we ought to read 
Charity and Children and Foreign Mission, Home 
Mission and Sunday-school journals. Without such 
we are exposed to the various heresies our country is 
now being filled with. Discussed by C. J. Black, S. F. 
Conrad; (C. J. Black giving mormonism a black eye) 
— and J. J. Payseur. • 

The report of the committee on the Arlington case 
was called for but did not respond on account of Rev. 
Johnson being absent. The committee asked for an- 
other man and Rev. Shinn was appointed. 

The nominating committee made the following re 
port: We recommend the Association to keep the 
same executive board with the addition of Rev. W. A. 
Morgan. 

The report on finance was called for and read by 
Rev. J. R. McCurdy. Association adjourned. Bene- 
dicJtion by Rev. W. T. Talbirt. 

THIRD DAY. 

Opened by singing a song and reading the 14th 
chapter of John, and a short talk by moderator. 

REPORT ON MINISTERIAL REI.IEF. 

There is now about thirty aged and wornout ser- 
vants of God depending on .this Board for their daily 



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bread. The Board is now calling upon the Baptists 
of North Carolina for funds with which to care for 
these needy ones. Brethren, let us heed the call and 
respond at once. — W. T. Talbirt. 

Discussed by W. T. Talbirt and R. H. James. 
Pledges were called for and promptly responded to. 
On motion, report was adopted. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS- 

Our Master said: The field, when the word of truth 
is s >wn is the world. In his great command, Mark 
6: i6, He said, "Go into all the world and preach the 
gospel to every creature. " In Matt. 28: 19. 20, He 
says, *'A11 power is given unto rae in heaven and on 
earth; go ye, therefore, and teach all nations." From 
these facts, we see that there is unity in missions. The 
work at home and abroad has the same great end in 
view; namely: The evangelization of the world, and 
the bringing of all classes and conditions of men to 
the acceptance of Christ, 

To say we do not believe in Foreign Missions is 
practically saying we not believe Christ meant all 
mankind in the great command which we have quoted, 

— S. F. Conrad. 

Discussed by S. F. Conrad, J. J. Payseur, Joel S. 
Snider and R. H. James. Pledges were taken and on 
motion the report was adopted. 

REPORT ON SUNDAY-SCHOOLS. 

The majority of the active and most useful mem- 
bers in our churches to-day were in the Sunday-school 
fifteen to twenty years ago. The future church is in 
the Sunday-school to-day, to a very great extent, 
hence the importance of the work. If you love your 
churches you are compelled to love and labor for the 
Sunday-school. It is the hope of the future church. 

Committee. 



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Discussed by C. J. Black, H. L. Helms and F. A. 
Hawkins. On motion the report was adopted. 

The minutes of the Association were read and 
adopted, after which the moderator read the following 
appointments to report at next Association: 
State Mission — J. L. Shinn. 
Home Mission — Cary Dowd. 
Orphanage — A. C. Barron. 
Education — C. Gresham. 
Sunday School— ly. R. Pruett. 
Minister's Relief — S. F. Conrad. 
Periodicals — I. W Durham. 
Moderator appointed the following delegates to the 
State Convention: I,. R. Pruett, C. J. Black, J. L. 
Shinn, W. T. Talbirt, J. S. Snider ana J. A. Durham. 
On motion the place of meeting was changed from 
Independence Hill to Friendship. 

REPORT ON ARLINGTON CASK. 

Your committee would respectfully submit the fol- 
lowing report and recommendations: 

First, That there has been a long agitation in the 
Arlington church for four or five years, of which A. 
W. Crabtree has been the cause. 

Second, That the peace and prosperity has been 
very greatly damaged and retarded as a result of this 
agitation and trouble. 

Third, That the facts as brought before the com- 
mittee are of such a nature as to justify us in saying 
that Rev. A. W. Crabtree's ccnduct and deportment 
has been unbecoming that of a minister of the Gospel, 
and that he is unworthy of the confidence and fellow- 
ship o? his brethren; we, therefore, recommend that 
the Association withdraw their fellowship from him as 
a gospel minister, and that Arlington church, of which 
he is a member, ask for his credentials and withdraw 
their fellowship from him. That a committee be ap- 
pointed to lay this report before the church and report 
their action at the next session of the Association. 



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Committee on same: 

C. S. Holton, J. S. Snider, L. A. Talbirt, S. F. 
Conrad, J. L. Shinn and C. S. Davis. 

On motion a copy of same was to be placed in the 
Recorder and North Carolina Baptist. 

Song and benediction by S. F. Conrad. 

A:^T:eR^OON SESSION. 

Prayer by moderator. 

Report of nominating committee on trustees for 
Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Associational School — W. 
C. Dowd, L. R. Pruett, J. A. Durham, J. R. McCurdy 
and J. ly. Shinn. 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

Never, before, has there been such an opening for 
great work for the Lord in North Carolina as to-day. 
Our Association is the greatest mission field in all 
North Carolina. The State Mission Board has helped 
our Association at Charlotte, Friendship, Long Creek, 
Concord, Huntersville, Davidson and other places. 
At all of these places there has opened great work, 
and they are very encouraging. Our Association 
should rally to the work. The Board gives to our 
Association more than twice as much as we give to 
State missions. — ^J. J. Payseur. 

Discussed by J. J. Payseur, J. L- Shinn and S. 
F. Conrad, giving mormonism her dues, after which a 
cash collection was taken, amounting to §3.20. On 
motion the report was adopted. 

MISCELLANEOUS. 

Resolution of thanks by moderator: 

We desire to extend our sincere thanks to this church 
and community for their kind treatment and enter- 
tainment of this body. On motion it was adopted. 

After the report of the treasurer it was announced 
that Rev. Conrad would preach on the morrow. 

Benediction by Rev. Conrad, and adjournment. 





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REPORT 

OF THE 

FOURTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION 

— OF THE — 

Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 

ST Association. 

HEIvD AT 

Friendship Baptist Church, 
Lodo, N. C. 

October, 11th, 12th and 13th, 1899. 



m^INUXES 



OF THE 



FOURTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION 

— OF THE — 

Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 

APTisT Association, 

HElvD WITH 

Friendship Baptist Church, 

Lodo, N. C. 

October, llth, 12th and 13th, 1899. 



The next session will be held at 12th. Street, Baptist 

Church, Charlotte, N. C, beginning Thursday after 

the 3rd. Sunday in August, 1900. Introductory 

sermon by Rev. A. C. Barron, D. D. 



OFFICERS OF TUB ASSOCIATION, 



Moderator — Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charlotte, N. C^ 
Clerk— W. M Lyles, Charlotte, N. C 
Treasurer — C. S. Holton, Charlotte, N. C. 

Executive Committee : 

Rev. L. R. Pruett, Chairman, Charlotte, N. C. 
Rev. A. C. Barron, D. D. <' 

J. A. Durham, " " 

J. T. Mitchell, Lodo, 

W. A. Morgan, Concord, *' 

Member of the Board of Missions — R. H. Jordan, Char- 
lotte, N C. 

Ordained Ministers. 

Rev,. J. W, Abernethy, Matthevi^s, N, C. 
Rev. D.M. Austin, Charlotte, N. C. 
Dr A. C. Barron, Charlotte, N. C. 
Rev . C. J. Black, Big Lick, N. C. 
Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord, N. C. 
Rev. W. H, Honeycutt, Concord, N. C. 
Rev. Wm. Johnston, Matthew^s, N. C. 
Rev. J. J. McLendon, Indian Trail, N. C, 
Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charlotte, N. C. 
Rev. T. B. Phillips, Charlotte, N. C. 
Rev. J- L. Shinn, Mooresvilie, N. C. 
Rev. J. W. Snider, Newells, N. C. 
Rev. W. T. Talbirt, Concord, N. C. 
Rev. W, J. Wyatt, Purth, N. C. 
Rev. A W. Willcox, Caldwell, N. C. 



Heport of AssociatioEt. 



The Fouiteenth Annual Session of the Mecklenburg and 
Cabarrus Association met with Friendship Church, Wednes- 
day, October nth at ii A. M,, and after singing "Draw Me 
Nearer" and prayer by Rev. J. L. Shinn, Rev. L. R Pruett, 
of the i2th Street Church, preached a most excellent sermon 
from the 13th Chapter of First Corinthians, after which Rev. 
D. M. Austin, Paster of the Friendship Church, announced 
that after the benediction was pronounced that an adjourn- 
ment of one hour would be had, and all were invited to par- 
take of dinner. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association met at i 130, and after singing "All Hail 
the Power of Jesus Name," and prayer by Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, 
of Concord, the election of temporary Moderator and Clerk 
was gone into, and P-ev. D. M. Austin called Rev. L. R. 
Pruett to the Chair. W. M. Lyles was chosen as temporary 
Clerk. 

Upon calling the roll, the following churches and delegates 
responded and were duly enrolled : 

Arlington Church — E. H. Hinson, E. H. Williams, F. M. 
Connell and L, I. Lipe. 

Clear Creek.— T. W. Bass, T. L, Ferguson and N. M, Pigg. 

Cold Water.— L. A. Talbirt and J. W. Connell. 

Concord. — Rev. B. Lacy Hoge. 

Friendship.— R. J. Mitchell, W. D. Mitchell, S. J. P. Gar» 
rison 

Hopewell— Rev. W. J. Wyatt, Noah Winecoff and T. B. 
White. 

Howells.— T. D. Joyner and W. S. Polk. 

Huntersville — F. A Hf?wkins. 

Independence Hill — J. R. McCurdy, J. L. Cashion. 

Long Creek.< — F. T. Beatty. 

Matthews. ~E. J. Funderburk and J. W. Pittinan. 

Newells. — Rev J. W. Snider and L A. Barbee. 

Olivet.— C S. Holton. 

Phaniels - — Henry Denny and M. H. Carter. 



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Pleasant Plains. — W. S. Paxton and B. F. Shannon. 

Tryoa Street.— Rev. A. C. Barron, D. D., W. C. Dowd, F. 
R Durham, W. F, Dowd, I. W. Durham and R. H Jordan. 

i2th Street.— Rev. L. R. Pruett, J. W. McAnulty and W. 
M. Lyles. 

Wilson's Grove.— W. R. Small and A. L. Pigg. 

After the delegates were duly enrolled a permanent organ- 
ization was effected by making the temporary organization 
permanent, and C. S. Holton, Treasurer. 

A request came from the Church at Huntersville to become 
a member of this Association, and upon motion of Rev. S. F. 
Conrad, the request was referred to a Committee of three 
composed of Rev. S. F. Conrad, Rev. B. Lacy Hoge and L. 
I, Lipe. 

The Moderator announced the following Committees : 

Order of Business. — Rev. D. M. Austin, Rev. J. W. Sni- 
der and E. H. Hinsoa. 

Finance Committee, — E, H, Williams, L. A. Barbee andT. 
D. Joyner 

Time and Place of Next Meeting. — Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, R. 
J. Mitchell and F. R, Durham. 

The committee appointed by last Association to investigate 
charges against Rev. A. W. Crabtree reported through C. S. 
Holton that they had investigated charges and taken the mat- 
ter before the Arlingron Church, of which, said brother is a 
member, and recommended that the Church withdraw fellow- 
ship from him. The Report was accepted and adopted, and 
the Committee discharged 

Brother C. S. Holton, Treasurer of the Association, made 
his Annual Report, and same was adopted. 

The Committee on securing Huntersville church reported 
favorably and this church was gladly secured as a member of 
the Association. 

Brother A Johnson of ^'Charity and Children" was recog- 
nized and made a most excellent talk on "The Work the Bap- 
tists in North Carolina Are Doing." 

The Committee on *-Order of Business" reported as follows : 

The Association to meet at 9 -.30 A. M. Adjourn at will. 



5 
Wednesday P. M. 

Miscellaneous Business. 

Thursday. 

9 :3o Devotional Exercises. 

10 :oo Ministers Relief Fund. 

11 :oo Orphanage. 

2 :oo Home Missions. 

3 :oo Foreign Missions. 

Friday 

9 :30 Devotional Exercises 

10 :oo Report on Periodicals. 

11 :oo State Missions. 

2 :oo Sunday Schools. 

3 :oo Education. 

The election of a delegate to The Southern Baptist Con- 
vention resulted in Rev. L. R. Pruett being chosen and Rev. 
S. F. Conrad, as Alternate. 

Election of Delegates to the State. Convention resulted as 
follows : 

Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Rev. J. I^, Shinn, Rev. D. M. Austin, 
Rev. Dr. A, C Barron, Rev. L. R. Pruett, Rev. S. F. Conrad, 
Rev. L. A. Barbee, I, W. Durham, W. M. Lyles, L. I. Lipe, 
J. I. Mitchell, W. J. Wyatt, T. L. Mullen and J. H. Welsh 

The following were elected as Executive Committee : 

Rev. L R. Pruett, Chairman, Charlotte ; Dr. A 0. Barron, 
Charlotte ; J. A Durham, Charlotte ; J. T. Mitchell, Lodo and 
W. A, Morgan, Concord. 

After prayer by Rev W. J Wyatt the Association adjourn- 
ed until Thursday 9 :30 A M. 

Thursday A. M 

The Association met at 9 130, and after thirty minutes de- 
votional exercises conducted by Rev. W. J. Wyatt, the re- 
gular order of business was taken up and letters from Clear 
Creek, Cold Water, Hopewell, Long Creek and Phaniels were 
read and delegates from these churches duly enrolled as mem- 
bers of this Association, 



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Thursday io:oo 

The Ministers' Relief Fund was discussed by Rev. S F. 
Conrad, A Johnson, Dr, A 0. Barron and W. C Dowd. 

Pledges were taken for this fund. 

Letters were presented and read from Independence Hill 
and Matthews, and delegates duly enrolled 

Th^ report on Orphanage was made by Dr A. C. Barron, 
as follows : 

'"The Baptists of North Carolina are to be congratulated 
on having under their control one of the best equipped and 
well managed Orphanages in the South. There are under 
our care about 200 orphans, who find kind care and attention, 
under the able management of Brother and Sister Boone 
This is a larger number than ever before. Several new build- 
ings have recently been erected and still there is a cry for more 
room. We are told that nearly every mail brings to the Su- 
})4irintendent letters from every section of the State telling of 
the homeless orphans of Baptist parentage and urging him to 
receive these children under his care, and yet he has no room 
for them 

The Baptists of North Carolina ought to give enough mon- 
ey to provide larger accommodations for these children of the 
denomination it is pleasant to the Committee to record the 
fact that this year has witnessed enlarged liberalitv in making 
provision for the constant recuring wants of the Institution. 
It requires ten or twelve thousand dollars to pay tlie running 
expenses of the Institution, but this is to meet only present 
necessities. If we enlarge we must do better even than this." 

Report Adopted 

This question was discussed by Dr Barron and A. Johnson, 
who presented the matter in a most forcible manner, and 
pledges were taken for this fund A cash collection was 
taken, and $10 30 realized After singing the hymn "Blessed 
.\ssurance" and benediction by Dr. Barron, the Association 
adjouned until 2 PM. 

Thursday P. M. 

The Association assembled and after singing ''We Have 
Heard the Joyful Sound" and prayer by Rev. J W Snider, 



/ 
the regular order of business was proceeded with, and letter 
was read from Pleasant Plain and delegates duly enrolled 
Mr. W. C. Dowd made report on Home Missions as follows : 
"The Bap:ist denomination divides the injanc'ion, "Go ye 
into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creatu e" in;o 
three departments, to- wit : IState Missions, Plome Missions, 
and Foreign Missions. The Plome Mission Board has the su 
pervision of all mission work within the bounds of the South- 
hern Baptist Convention except of course the work of tiie va- 
rious State Conventions It also includes the work in Cuba and 
Porto Rico The work of the Board during the past year has 
probably been on a larger scale than ever before Since Cuba 
: and Porto Rico have been freed from Spanish domination, an 
immense territory has been opened to our Missionaries. 
With increased opportunities comes increased responsibilities 
Now is the time for the evangelization of this country May 
the Lord help us to meet our obligations, and do our duty.'' 

The report was adopted, and most excellent addresses made 
by Rev. S. F. Conrad, Dr A C. Barron, Rev. D M. Austin 
and W. C. Dowd. Pledges were then taken for Home Mis- 
sions. 

Report on Foreign Missions was made by Rev B Lacy 
Hoge as follows : 

''The great Command of the Master, "Go ye into all the 
world and preach the gospel to every creature," is as binding to- 
day as it was the first year of the Churches' existence. The 
Master said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and en 
earth," and for you to tarry at Jerusalem until y:>u are en- 
dued with power from on hig h," for said he, "I will send the 
Holy Ghost and ye shall receive power after He has come 
upon you," and this promise is given that you may take the 
gospel to all nations beginning at Jerusalem. Jesus is now 
going among the nations of the earth to take out a people for 
His name, after this he will return. Our duty is to go into 
all the world and proclaim the truth and prepare the way for 
the coming of the Lord " 

The report was adopted and strong talks were made by 
Rev. B. Lacy Hoge and Dr A C Barron Pledges were 
then taken for Foreign Missions 



8 

Upon suggestion of Brother C. Gresham it was agreed that 
no church in the Association pledge less than $500 for For- 
eign Missions, and if any church failed to raise $5 00, that he 
would pay the difference. 

The Committee on "Time and Place" announced that they 
were ready to report, and submitted the following report. 

First That the time for next meeting be the Wednesday 
after the third Sunday in October, 1900. 

Second That the next meeting of the Association be held 
with 1 2th Street Baptist Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

Third. Preacher Dr. A. C. Barron, Charlotte, N. C. 

After considerable discussion on the time of holding meet- 
ing an Amendment was offered making time Wednesday af- 
ter the third Sunday in August, 1900. And upon a call of the 
question on the Amendment the vote stood 24 in favor and 16 
against the Amendment, and the Moderator declared the 
Amendment as carried. The report thus amended was 
adopted. 

A motion to adjourn was made, and Rev. B Lacy Hoge 
pronounced the benediction. 

Friday. 

The Association met at 10 o'clock, and after devotional ex- 
ercises, the regular older of business was proceeded with. 
The minutes of yesterday were read, and after slight changes, 
were adopted. 

A motion was made by Rev D. M. Austin to reconsider 
the report of Committee on time and place and offered an 
Amendment to change from Wednesday to Thursday after the 
third Sunday in August Adopted. 

At the motion of Brother C Gresham an Amendment was 
offered to change place of the meeting from the 12th Street to 
Arlington Church and substitute offered to this Amendment 
by Rev. B. Lacy Hoge as follows : 

If this Association desires to change place, that they go 
from 12th Street to Cold water Church. The substitute was 
lost and Association remains at 12th Street. 

Letter was read from Chaneys Hill and $2 75 in cash re- 
ceived from this Church. 



9 

The report on periodicals was taken up and the following 
resolution offered by Rev. B Lacy Hoge : 

Resolved, that we commend the "Biblical Recorder" and 
"Charity and Children" to our churches and people. The Re- 
solution was adopted, and the leport was discussed by Rev. B. 
Lacy Hoge and C. Gresham and Dr A. C. Barron 

The report on State Missions was read by Rev. J. L. Shinn 
as follows : 

"The State Mission board was organized in 1830. At that 
time there were only 15,000 Baptists in the Stare. To-day 
there are 55 AssociatioLs, 1,550 Churches and 170,000 white 
Baptists. The Board has been working this year on $20,000 
basie, 358 points are being aided The Missionaries are doing 
noble work led by the Holy Spirit. A volunteer movement is 
a step forward. May the Holy Spirit move more of our Pas- 
tors to enlist in this onward movement. There are many is- 
sues to be met in every part of the State. There are thousands 
of souls that must be saved. The people must hear the word 
as we have it. God says, "Go ye into all the world and preach 
the gospel to every creature " Let us increase our contribu- 
tions to (his woi k 25 per cent. 

The report was adopted, and was ably discussed by Rev. B. 
Lacy Hoge, Rev. J. L Shinn, Dr A C. Barron and Rev, L. 
R Pruett. 

Pledges were then taken fo^' State Missions 

Upon motion of J L Shinn Brother R. H. Jcrdan was elect- 
ed a membe'* of the Board for the coming year. 

The Piuauce Committee announced they were ready to re- 
port and showed $102 87 on hand, which was turned over to 
the Tf easurer of the Association. 

The AssociatioQ adjourned for dinner after prayer by Rev. 
W J Wyatt. 

Friday Afternoon 

The af'iernoon session opened by singing hymn "To the 
Work," and the regular order of the business proceeded with. 

The following Resclation was offered by Rev. B Lacy Hoge 
and adopted by a rising vote : 

Resolved that we extend our thanks to the Frieudship Bap- 



lO 

list Church aod to the people of the community for their kind 
treatmeat and entertainment of the Association, 

The Moderator called Brother C. Gresham to the Chair 
while he made a report on Sunday Schools as follows : 

"There are a gnat number of children acd young people in 
some way connected with our churches of this Association. 
Sixteen cf our churches reported, four making no report. Last 
year only 1,283 scholars in all these schools. Should we not in- 
quire, what is being done for the scriptural and spiritual train- 
ing of this mighty host of boys and girls that are not in any 
Sunday School. The Sunday School is for all, both young and 
old, but it is more especially for the children. The Sunday 
School means more knowledge of the Bible, mo-'e Christian i 
among the young of the community, and it means a lively 
Church. Of late our Baptis'^s in the State have been taking 
a great interest in the Sunday School work, and under the 
vise and eathasiastic leadership of B. W. Spillman, Field 
Secretary of the Sunday School Department, our work along 
this line in many sections of thivS State has taken on new life. 
God grant that we may have such new life, and bring hope 
among our Churches of this Association. During this year 
three of our Sunday School Chatpuquas have been held in dif- 
ferent parts of the State, by which new interest has been 
stimulated. Brethren could we not make the Sunday School 
work in our Association more prominent to our good and pros- 
perity Let us go home brethren and gather in the children 
and train them for the home, the church, for God and for 
Heaven." 

The report was adopted, and an instructive address deliver- 
ed by Rev. L. R Pruett 

The report on Education was made by Brother 0. Gresham 
as follows : 

"The time is upon us when we can no longer afford to be 
derelict in regard to the education of our people. We can not 
be an aggressive people unless we are an intelligent people. 
There are many thousands of young men and women in our 
state who ought to be educated. We would heartily com- 
mend our Association Schools, and further we believe that it 
would be greatly to our interest if we had a school of this 



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kind in our Association Ministerial education should re- 
ceive our hearty support. Therefore, we endorsed and re- 
commend Wake Forest College. It is a source of great joy to 
the Baptist hosts of our State that the Baptist University has 
been opened for aciive work and that with a most encourag- 
ing outlook. We commend the Graded Schools of the State. 
We do not believe in appropriating State funds for the sup- 
port of the State schools. 

The report was adopted, and was discussed by Rev. D. M. 
Austin and C Gresham, Pledges were then taken for this 
fund. 

The Moderator then made the following appointments to 
report at the next Association : 

On Foreign Missions, Rev S. F. Conrad; Home Msssions, 
Dr. A. C. Barron; State Missions, Rev. B, Lacy Hoge ; Or- 
phanage, C. Gresham ; Education, Rev. J, L. Shinn ; Sunday 
Schools, W. M. Lyles ; Ministers' Relief Fund, W. C. Dowd ; 
Periodicals, Rev. W. J. Wyatt. 

Upon motion of Rev. J. L. Shinn and carried that two ad- 
ditional members be added to the Trustees and Rev D. M 
Austin and C. Gresham were named The Trustees consisted 
of the following brethren : 

W. C. Dowd, Chairman, Charlotte, N C. 

Rev. L. R, Pruett, Charlotte, N C. 

J. A, Durham, Charlotte, N. C 

J. R. McOurdy, Eastfield, N. C. 

Rev, J. L. Shinn, Mooresville, N. C 

Rev. D. M. Austin, Chnrlotte, N. C. 

C. Gresham, Charlotte, N. 0. 

There being no further business before the Association, and 
after singing that soul stirring song, "God be with you until 
we meet Again" engaged in by the entire congregation, the 
benediction was pronounced by Dr. A. C, Barron, Charlotte, 
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MINU^KS 

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Baptist Hssociation. 



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lupst 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th, IWO. 



MiNLja:^RS 

OF THE 

FIFTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 

JSaptiet Hssociation. 

HELD AT 

I2tb Street Baptiet Cburcb, 
Cbarlotte^ n. (L. 

AUGUST 23-26, 1900, INCLUSIVE. 



The Next Session will be Held at the First Baptist 
Church, Concord, N. C, Beginning Thursday Before the 
Fourth Sunday in August, 1901, at 11 O'clock, A. M. 



Introductory Sermon by 
Rev. D. W. Austin, Charlotte, N. C. 

Alternate : 
Rev. a. W. W11.COX, Mt. Mourne, N. C. 



Officers of the Association. 

Moderator— Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charlotte, N. C. 
Clerk— W. M. Lyles, Charlotte, N. C. 
Treasurer— C. S. Holton, Charlotte, N. C. 

Executive Committee. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett, Chairman, Charlotte, N. C. 
Rev A. C. Barron, D. D., Charlotte, N. C. 
J. A. Durham, Charlotte, N. C. 
Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord, N. C. 
T. V. Talbirt, Concord, N. C. 

Member of the Board of State Missions. 
R. H. Jordan, Charlotte, N. C. 

Ordained Ministers. 

Rev. J. W, Abernathy, Matthews. 
Rev. D. M. Austin, Charlotte. 
Dr. A. C. Barron, Charlotte. 
Rev. S. W. Bennett, Lilesville. 
Rev. C. J. Black, Big Lick. 
Rev. A. B. Caudle, Wingate. 
Rev. C. L. Flowers, Wingate. 
Rev. B. F. Hargett, Charlotte. 
Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord. 
Rev. Wm. Johnston, Matthews. 
Rev. J. J. McLendon, Indian Trail. 
Rev. T. B. PhiUips, Charlotte. 
Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charlotte. 
Rev. J. L. Shinn, Mooresville. 
Rev. W. T. Talbirt, Concord. 
Rev. D. W. Thomason, Belmont. 
Rev. A. W. Wilcox, Mt. Mourne. 
Rev. W. J. Wyatt, Perth. 

Delegates to Southern Baptist Convention. 

Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord, N. C. 

R. H.Jordan, Charlotte, N. C. Alternate. 

Delegates to State Convention. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charlotte. Rev. D. W. Thomason, Belmont. 
Rev. J. L. Shinn, Mooresville. Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord. 
Rev. W. T. Talbirt, Concord'. J. A. Durham, Charlotte. 
Rev. D. M. Austin, Charlotte. 

Reading Clerks. 
Rev. J. L. Shinn, Mooresville. Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord . 



Report of Association. 



The Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association met in its fifteenth 
Annual Session with 12th Street Baptist Church, Charlotte, N. 
C, Thursday August 23rd, at 11 a. m., and after singing "All 
Hail the Power of Jesus Name" and prayer by Rev. L. R. Pruett, 
the Pastor, Brother Pruett announced that owing to the 
absence of Dr. A. C. Barron, who was appointed at the last 
Session of the Association to preach the introductory sermon, 
Rev. C. B. Justice of Rutherfordton, N. C, would preach, and 
selected his text from John '4-36, and preached a most excellent 
sermon, after which the Pastor announced that an adjourn- 
ment would be had until 3:30 p. m., when the organization 
would be made. Benediction by Rev. D. M. Austin. 

Thursday Afternoon, 3:30. 

The Association met and after singing hymn No. 365. * 'Gospel 
Hymns," and prayer by Rev. J. L. Shinn, the roll was called 
and the following churches responded and messengers duly 
enrolled : 

Arlington.— E. H. Williams, D. W. Fink, F. M. Council, W. A. 
Connell. 

Chaneys Hill. — Not represented. 

Clear Creek.— Wilson Bass, Wm. Earlie, Frank Reader. 

Cold Water.-Rev. W. T. Talbirt, T. V. Talbirt. 

Concord. — Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Floyd Carzine. 

Friendship.— J. T. Mitchell, W. D. Mitchell, S. Q. Garrison. 

Hopewell.— Noah Winecoff, C. A. Hudgepeth. 

Ho we lis.— Not Represented. 

Huntersville.— S. L. Mullen, F. A. Hawkins. 

Independence Hill.— J. R. McCurdy, C. S. Davis. 

Long Creek.— F. C. Beaty, C. A. Caldwell. 

Matthews.— E. J. Funderburk, Rev. W. B. Renfrow. 

Newells. — Not represented. 

Olivet.— U. S. Bowden, Jack Pate, C. S. Holton. 

Phaniels.— M. H. Carter, G. H. Troutman. 

Pleasant Plains. — Rev. J. J. McLendon. 



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Rock Hill.— A. D. Crisco. 

Tryon Street.— I. W. Durhrm, J. J. Ezell, J. F. Hosteller. 

12tli Street.— T. J. Sprinkle, W. D. McCorkle, W. M. Lyles. 

Wilsons Grove. — A. L. Pigg. A. S. Mungo. 

The election of officers was the next thing in order, and the 
following were elected : 

Moderator.— Rev. L. R. Pruett, 12th Street. 

Clerk.— W. M. Lyles, 12th Street. 

Treasurer.— C. S. Holton, Olivet. 

The Moderator announced the folio wing committees : 

Order of Business. — Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Chairman, Rev. D. W. 
Thomason, Rev. W. B. Renfrow. 

Finance.— S. L. Mullen, Chairman, J. F. Mosteller, E. J. 
Funderburk. 

Time, Place and Preacher: — Rev. J. L. Shinn, Chairman, F. 
A. Hawkins, R. J. Mitchell. 

The Moderator recognized several visiting brothers, and each 
of them spoke a few words of encouragement to the Association 
as follows : — Rev. J. B. Boone, Thomasville, Rev. 0. L. String- 
field, Raleigh; Rev. J. W.Cobb, Lumber Bridge; Rev. E. M. 
Brooks, Pee Dee ; Rev. C. B. Justice, Rutherfordton. 

The Committee on order of business made the following re- 
port, and same accepted ; 

Thursday P. M. 

8 p. m. Devotional Exercises. 

8:15 Report on Education. 

8:30 Address on Education. Rev. 0. L. Stringfield. 
Friday Aug. 24th. 

9:30 Devotional Exercises. 

10:00 Report on Home Missions. 

11:00 Report on Perodicals. 
Adjournment. 

3:00 Devotional Exercises. 

3:30 Report on Sunday-schools. 

4:30 Miscellaneous business. 
Adjournment. 

8:00 Devotional Exercises. 

8:15 Report on Orphanage. 
Adjournment. 



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Saturday, Aug. 25th. 

9:30 Devotional Exercise. 
10:00 Report Ministers Relief. 
11:00 Report on State Missions. 
12:00 Miscellaneous Business. 

Adjournment. 
3:00 Devotional Exercises. 
3:30 Report on Foreign Missions. 

Adjournment. 
8:00 Address on Education. 

Motion made to adjourn until 8 p. m., and carried. Benedic- 
tion by Rev. J. W. Cobb. 

Thursday 8 P. M. 

Devotional exercises conducted by Rev. W. B. Renfrow after 
which the report on Education was made by Rev. J. L. Shinn as 
foUo-ws : 

At no time in the history of our State have we seen such wide 
spread interest in the education of our people. 

The State has put itself under obligation to provide ample 
advantages for its six hundred thousaijd children to the end 
that the charge of illiteracy cannot remain much longer against 
our State. We heartily urge that the people make the greatest 
possible use of the public schools. 

It is a source of great joy to us that many of our Associations 
have established Academies within their borders, and that other 
Academy Schools are under the control of Baptist men and 
women. 

It means no little, that there is a growing demand for Godly 
competent teachers for all our schools and colleges. While Edu- 
cation is not Christianity, we have learned that sanctified Edu- 
cation is the hand maid of Christianity. 

Our Colleges. 

There is no agency that has done more for our prosperity as a 
denomination than Wake Forest College. 

W^e are exceedingly grateful that it is inferior to no college in 
the South for our young men ; that it has powerful witnesses all 
over our land in the person or preachers, teachers and men of 
influence in all the professions. There are no just reasons why 



any young man who is a Baptist should attend any other 
school or college , than our own Wake Forest College. 

The financial inducements held out to our young men by other 
schools and colleges to secure their patronage, we denounce as 
both unnecessary and unworthy. We say this because, we are 
amply able to provide all the aid our young men may need. No 
young man has ever been turned away from Wake Forest Col- 
lege because of his poverty. We have for our poor young men a 
loan fund, and for our indigent young ministers, ^ve have 
sixteen hundred Baptist Churches which provide money for their 
board. 

Baptist Female University. 

Through the toils and prayers of thousands of our people we 
have two large buildings in the heart of the city of Raleigh, 
well furnished where two hundred and fifteen young women en- 
joyed superior advantages the first year of its history. 

This property is easily worth one hundred thousand dollars. 
There is a debt of about thirty thousand dollars which is a 
great hindrance to us. We urge our people to do their utmost, 
to pay this debt, and to provide other buildings for the large 
number of young women who are anxious to attend. 

Five hundred young women would attend this school at an 
early day, if our people would provide room for them. 

We have advantages at this school for our young women 
equal in every way to those we have for our young men at 
Wake Forest. For greater reasons we urge that our people send 
their daughters to the Baptist Female University. 

During last year we aided thirty-one young women. Thirty- 
three young women who could attend no other college will be 
there the 5th day of September. 

Thus, under God, we are putting forth greater efforts that our 
young women may be cultured for service in the Lords Kingdom. 

J. L. Shinn, Committee. 

Report received and was ably discussed by Rev. J. L. 
Shinn and Rev. 0. L. Stringfield, after which it was adopted. 

The committee on "time, place and preacher made the follow- 
ing report, and same received and adopted : 

Time at 11:00 a. m,, Thursday before the 4th Sunday in 
August 1901. 



Place.— First Baptist church, Concord, N. C. 
Preacher— Rev. D. M. Austin, Charlotte, N. C. 
Alternate.— Rev. A. W. Wilcox, Mt. Mourne, N. C. 
Motion made to adjourn until 9:30 Friday morning, carried 
and Benediction pronounced by Rev. B. W. Spillman. 

Friday Aug. 25th, 9:30 a. m. 

Devotional exercises for 30 minutes by Rev. J. L. Shinn, after 
which the regular order of busines was taken up. 

Letters were read from Arlington, Long Creek and Rock Hill 
Churches, and Messengers duly enrolled. 

The report on Home Missions was made as follows: The 
very name, ''Home Missions," makes an appeal to our love of 
country and people. He is a poor citizen, and worse Christian 
who does not desire the happiness and w^ell being of the "Home 
Land" so of all the boards of the Southern Baptist Convention, 
this makes the strongest appeal to the benevolence of our 
churches. 

The Home Mission Board is located in Atlanta, and has for its 
purpose the extension of the cause of the Master throughout the 
southland. Where state boards cannot provide for all the 
destitute, the Atlanta board proffers to aid, but it is especially 
to look after the growing towns and cities along our frontier. 

In this way it has done a very fine work in Texas, Arkansas, 
Louisiana, Missouri and Indian Territory. The board has also 
under its care, the giving of the Gospel to the Cubans. While 
we have not heard much of late about the work in Cuba, still 
it moves on steadily, and there is little ground to question the 
stability of the work being done. 

At the last meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, this 
board was charged with the responsibility of the 20th Century 
Fund, that is to receive from our churches a large sum of money 
for Missions and Education. 

Beyond question we ought to put unto the treasuries of our 
boards, large sums of money, wherewith to meet the demands 
of the coming Century. 

We have been ''playing" at Missions long enough, and it is 
time for us to wake up, and work earnestly for the evangeliza- 
tion of the world. 



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It ought to be said that under the business like, and aggres- 
sive management of Rev. Dr. F. H. Kerfoot, the new Secretary 
for Home Missions, the work is being enlarged and systema- 
tized. 

The motto of the board is "enlargement" and the Baptists of 
this Association, where the Baptist cause is so weak, are the 
very people to be in sympathy with this matter, and we urge 
every church, and every member of the various churches, to give 
liberally to the work of Home Missions. 

A. C. Barron, Committee. 

Motion to receive the report made and carried and 
was discussed by Dr. Barron and Rev. D. M. Austin after which 
it Avas adopted, and pledges taken to the amount of $180. 

The Moderator recognized several visiting brothers, and each 
spoke a few words to the Association in the order named. Rev. 
R. T. Vann, D. D., Raleigh, N. C. Rev. W. L. Walker Hunters- 
ville, N. C. Evangelist, W. N. Flanders, Winston, N. C. and 
Bro. R. H. Newton, Mooresville, N. C. 

The report on periodicals was to be made by Rev. W. J. Wyatt 
but in his absence no report was made, but the subject was ably 
discussed by Rev. C. B. Justice, Rev. J. W. Cobb and Dr. A. C. 
Barron. 

At this time Rev. B. W. Spillman, field Secretary of the Sun- 
day-school work in North Carolina, appeared before the Asso- 
ciation and requested a messenger from each church to come 
forward and receive blank for Sunday-school report, and the 
clerk requested to call the roll of churches, and each one re- 
sponded. 

The clerk stated that the minute fund as reported by Finance 
Committee was not sufficient to have enough copies, and motion 
made that the matter would be taken up during the afternoon 
session. Motion made to adjourn, and the entiVe body engaged 
in singing the Long Meter Doxology, and benediction pro- 
nounced by Dr. Vann. 

Friday Afternoon 3:00 P. M. 

Devotional exercises for thirty minutes conducted by Rev. W. 
T. Talbirt after which the Moderator called the body to order, 
and motion made to take up the Minute Fund matter, and 



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clerk instructed to call roll of churches and $18.85 additional 
was raised, making a total of $24.15 

The report on Sunday-schools was made by W. M. Lyles as 
follo\\rs : 

''There has never been a time in the history of our work in 
North Carolinia when there was such necessity for greater 
activity than at this time. 

There was a time when Sunday-schools, especially in the rural 
districts, were of secondary importance, but such is not the case 
today. The great army of children within our bounds appeal to 
us. The great duties we owe as parents confront us. The great 
future of these boys and girls appeal to us. Their salvation 
must be looked after, and there is no better way than to give 
them spiritual training in the Sunday-school 

Ifthereisone here who questions the good accomplished by 
the noble, untiring efforts of the great army of Sunday-school 
workers in our midst, let me ask him to look out into the future, 
when these, who are now in our Sunday-schools, reach the age 
of maturity, and commence their voyage of life over life's tem- 
pestuous sea, and he will there, see men and women, brought up 
in the fear of the Lord, and who are prepared to meet any 
emergency that may arise, because of the superior training re- 
ceived in our Sunday-schools. 

Would that every parent could see and realize the great re- 
sponsibility along this line. 

I am glad to report a gain in attendance in our bounds during 
this year. Four churches have schools that did not have them 
last year, while two reported schools last year that make no 
report at this time. I am glad to report a net gain of 103 over 
last year, and I hope that this number may be much larger at 
our next meeting. 

I want to emphasize the importance of more thorough organi- 
zation in our Association. Let us, as w^e go to our respective 
homes, take back such enthusiasm and interest that will lead us 
to do greater things for the Master along this line. 

Let those who are officers and teachers renew their alligance 
to the cause, and use every endeavor to advance the Spiritual 
welfare of those who they are striving to teach spiritual things. 

The great fact confronts us to day, that we, as Christians, 



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are not utilizing the great opportunities that are being afforded 
us, in that we are negligent in the Spiritual training that the 
Sunday-school gives. Let us awake to the conditions that exist 
and each representative of the Master take renewed interest, 
and grasp each opportunity, as it comes to us, to bring our 
boys and girls into the fold through the Sunday-schools, and I 
recommend that every church in our Association be more at- 
tentive to the Sunday-schools work, and to those churches that 
have no schools, let me urge you to plant one at once, and not 
neglect the children under your care, and give them that 
spiritual training they are entitled to receive, and when we come 
up next 3^ear, I trust every church in our bounds may have a 
live, wide-aAvake Sunday-school, sowing seed that will bring 
forth good fruit. W. M. Lyles, Committee. 

Upon motion the report was received, and Avas ably and 
forcibly discussed b}^ Rev. B. W. Spillman, Field Secretary of the 
Sunday-school work in North Carolina after which the report 
was adopted. 

Upon motion of Rev. B. Lacy Hoge it was decided to hold a 
Sunday-school Convention in each county, Mecklenburg and 
Cabarrus, time to be named by Rev. B. W. Spillman. 

The Moderator recognized Dr. John Mitchell of Wake Forest 
College, and Brother Archibald Johnson, Editor "Charity and 
Children." 

Dr. Mitchell spoke earnestly and forcibly in regard to Minis- 
ters Relief Fund and was followed by Dr. Vann in a most force- 
ful manner, after which the clerk called the roll of churches for 
pledges for same and $50.50 was pledged. 

Treasurer C. S. Holton made his report and same received and 
adopted. 

The pastors of the Baptist Churches of the city are named as 
a Committee on Religious Exercises. Motion made and carried 
to adjourn until 8:15 p. m., and Hymn No. 49, Gospel Hymns, 
was sung and Benediction was pronounced by Dr. Mitchell. 

Friday Evening Aug. 24th, 

8:15. The Association called to order and all joined in sing- 
ing Hymn No. 172, "All to Christ I Owe" after which Dr. 
Mitchell led in prayer, and the regular order of business was 



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taken up and the report on Orphanage made by Dr. Barron as 
follows : 

Resolved 1st. "The worth and work of our Orphanage at 
Thomasville should be a matter of profound thanksgiving to 
the Baptist people of North Carolina. We commend it to the 
liberality of the churches and schools of Mecklenburg and Ca- 
barrus Association. 

Its needs were never greater, and its outlook never more 
hopeful. 

Resolved, 2nd. That the proposed Mills Memorial building is 
an absolute necessity for the proper training of the Orphans, 

and ought to be completed at once. 

A. C. Barron, Committee. 

The report was received and ably discussed by Rev. J. B. 
Boone and Bro. Archibald Johnson. Same adopted and clerk 
instructed to call the roll of churches for pledges to the Mills 
Memorial building, and pledges to the amount of $100 made, 
and a cash collection of $3.65 was taken. 

It was suggested that the Association return thanks to the 
Lord for the liberal spirit of our people in their pledges, and the 
Moderator asked Dr. Vann to lead in this prayer, and after 
singing Hymn No 116 the body adjourned until 9:30 Saturday 
morning. Benediction by Rev. D. W. Thomason. 
Saturday Aug. 25th. 

9:30. Devotional exercises conducted by Rev. F. A. Hawkins 
for thirty minutes, after which the regular order of business 
was taken up, and the clerk requested to read the minutes of 
yesterday, and same received and adopted. 

The report on the old Ministers Relief Fund was made by Rev, 
J. L. Shinn as follows : The spirit of the Gospel is to help the 
poor. A few of our old ministers and their widows belong to 
this class. These ministers have worn themselves out in the 
Master's work. As the sun is sinking in the West, and the 
shadows are growing larger, these dear old servants of God 
look to us for our greatest sympathy and help. Will we help 
them ? "But who hath the worlds goods, and seeth his brother 
hath need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, 
how dwelleth the love of God in him." 1st John 3:17. 

J. L. Shinn, Committee. 



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Report received and discussed by Mr. Shinn, Dr. Mitchell and 
Dr. Vann, and pledges taken to the amount of $50.50. report 
adopted. 

Rev. J. J. McLendon was recognized and came forward and 
presented letter from Pleasant Plains Church, and he was duly 
enrolled as Messenger. Pledges for Mills Memorial Building 
from churches that did not respond last night was called for 
and $11.00 additional secured. 

Under head of miscellaneous business a motion was made by 
Dr. A. C. Barron, and carried, that the Moderator, at the next 
session of the association, present ''The duties of Messengers at 
the Association." 

The report on State Missions was made by Rev. B. Lacy Hoge 
as follows: "The church that is not Missionary in deed and in 
truth, is failing to fulfil the command of the Master. "To go 
into all the World and Preach the Gospel to every Creature." 

There is no part of the Mission work that is more important 
than that of State Missions, and the rapid increase of the popu- 
lation in the towns and cities of the State, demand that we en- 
large our Mission forces, and to do this we must increase our 
contributions to this work. We therefore recommend that each 
church increase its pledge at least one third." 

B. Lacy Hoge, Committee. 

The report received and discussed by Mr. Hoge, Rev. D. W. 
Thomason, Dr. A. C. Barron and Rev. C. B. Justice, and same 
adopted and pledges taken to the amount of $534. 

Pledges for the Orphanage v^ere called for and clerk called roll 
of churches and $134.50 was pledged. 

The Finance Committee made report and same accepted. 

Mr. W. C. Dowd, Chairman of Committee to locate an Asso- 
ciational school within our bounds appeared before the Associa- 
tion with tv/o propositions for locating said school; one from 
Newell, N, C, other from Arhngton, N. C. Mr. Dowd made the 
following report: 

"Your Committee appointed to consider the advisability of 
estabhshing a high school for this Association beg leave to sub- 
mit for your consideration, the following proposition: After 
due consideration of all questions involved, we recommend that 
this Association establish and conduct a first class high school 



13 

at Arlington, N. C, provided the people of that community will 
furnish suitable buildings and grounds for same. Respectfully 
submitted. W. C. Dowd, Chairman of Committee. 

Report received and motion made by Rev. B. Lacy 
Hoge, and carried that discussion of same be deferred until the 
afternoon session. 

Motion to adjourn until 3 p. m., carried, and Hymn No 141 
was sung after which Benediction was pronounced by Rev. C. 
B. Justice. 

Saturday Afternoon. 

3:00. Thirty minutes Devotional exercises conducted by Bro. 
T. V. Talbirt after which the Moderator called the body to 
order, and the special order was taken up and report on Foreign 
Missions made by Brother D. Allen Tedder as follows, and same 
received. 

Report on Foreign Missions. 

The great events now transpiring in China, bring forcibly to 
our attention the need of special activity in the Foreign Mission 
fields. The unswerving fidelity to the Master displayed by the 
Foreign converts under persecution hardly second to those suf- 
fered by the Apostles of old, shows us that the labors of our 
Missionaries have not been in vain. 

Christ gave us the commandment to go into all the world and 
preach the Gospel to every creature. He promised to be with us 
and sustain us. The Baptists have been endeavoring to carry 
out this commandment and He has smiled upon our efforts and 
blessed them. Great progress is being made in all of our Foreign 
fields. For this we are grateful, and should resolve to be more 
aggressive in our efforts to evangelize the world than we have 
ever been before. To do this, funds are necessary, and we rec- 
commend that the pastors keep before their people the import- 
ance of the work of redeeming the world and urge them to give 
as largely as possible for its prosecution. Respectfully submit- 
ted, D. A. Tedder. 

The report was eloquently discussed by Rev. C. B. Justice of 
Rutherfordton, N. C, and pledges to the amount of $156.00 
taken, after which the report was adopted. 

It was suggested that the discussion of the report on Associa- 
tional school he entered into, and upon motion of Rev. B. Lacy 



14 

Hoge, the Committee authorized and empowered to make con- 
tracts with the people of Arhngton for the erection of buildings 
and starting up schools. Dr. Barron thought it necessary to 
have one additional Educational Committeeman, and upon 
motion of Brother E. H. WilHams, Brother F. M. Hinson was 
named as that member. Motion made bv Rev. B. Lacy Hoge to 
adjourn until 8 p, m., carried and Benediction pronounced by 
Rev. D. M. Austin. 

Saturday 8 P. M. 

Devotional exercises conducted by Brother D. Allen Tedder for 
thirty minutes after which the Moderator called the Association 
to order and Rev. B. Lacy Hoge presented a letter from the 
Womans Central Committee of Missions, and asked that same 
be printed in Minutes. The letter reads as follows : 

Raleigh, N. C, Aug. 20th, 1900. 
To Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association. 

It is vAth great pleasure that the Woman's Central Commit- 
tee of Missions reports to your body the most successful year in 
its history. For sometime past it has been our custom to take 
an aim and motto for the year, and to bend our energies to- 
wards fulfilling these. In 1899 the Woman's Missionary Socie- 
ties of North Carolina determined to endeavor to raise $7,500. 
When we gathered in our annual meeting last December we were 
greatly gratified to find that we had far over shot our mark, 
and instead of $7,500 reported more than $8,700. Encouraged 
by this, the Societies have taken for their aim in 1900, the rais- 
ing of $9,500 for Foreign, Home and State Missions. Our motto 
for the year is. Increase in Faith, Knowledge and Works. To 
reach our aim and fulfill our motto, we are urging upon all the 
Societies, Bible study, the reading of Mission books, and increase 
in liberality. We have every reason to believe that the close of 
the 19th Century will see this work far in advance of what 
we would have dared to hope for it ten years ago. 

We desire to thank those brethren who have co-operated with 
us in making the woman's Mission ^work of North Carolina 
what it is, and would respectfuU}^ ask the aid of all interested in 
the furtherance of Christ's kingdom through mission efforts. 

Of the twentj^-t wo churches in your Association six reported 
through the Central Committee as follows : 



15 

TryoR Street, Charlotte $374.77 

Young People's Band, Charlotte 101.00 

Concord 1.50 

Concord Cheerful Workers 14.28 

Friendship 4.50 

Sb. 12th Street, Charlotte ^.... 10.00 

$506.05 
Constitutions and other material for the organization of 
women's and children's Mission Societies will gladly be sent free 
on application to Miss Fannie E. S. Heck, Raleigh, N. C. 

The Moderator made the following appointments to report at 
next session of the Association. 

State Missions. — Rev. D. W. Thomason. 
Home Missions — Rev. B. Lacy Hoge. 
Foreign Missions — Rev. A. C. Barron, D. D. 
Education — Rev. D. M. Austin. 
Orphanage — Rev. W. T. Talbirt. 
Ministers Relief Fund— Rev. S. W. Bennett. 
Resolution offered by Brother Archibald Johnson as follows : 
Resolved, "That this Association return its heart-felt thanks to 
the people of this city for the generous hospitality and warm 
Christian fellowship, they have so freely bestowed upon the 
members of this Association." The Association also extended a 
vote of thanks to the city papers for their full and complete re- 
ports of the deliberations of their sessions. 
The resolution was unanimously adopted. 

The hour having arrived for the further discussion of the Bap- 
tist Female University, and Dr. R. T. Yann was introduced by 
the Moderator, after which he delivered a very able and in- 
structive address on education, and showed to all the great 
possibilities in our Baptist Female University. ''The pride of 
the Baptists of this State." 

The Moderator announced that the hour of adjournment had 
come, but said the Century Day exercises would be held to- 
morrow as per programme announced, and proceedings of same 
would be embodied in Minutes of the Association. 

Motion made to adjourn, and it was suggested that all engage 
in singing, "Blest be the Ties that Binds," and while the entire 
audience was singing, the Association indulged in a good old 



i6 

fashioned hand shake, which seemed to refresh every one present. 
The Moderator announced that after Benediction by Rev. Dr. 
Vann, the Association wonld stand adjourned to meet at Con- 
cord, N. C, Thursday, August 22nd 1901, at 11 o'clock a. m. 
Benediction by Dr. Yann. 

''Centur^ Day Services," Sunday Aug. 26th. 

10:30 a. m. Devotional exercises for thirty minutes conducted 
by Bro. G. B. Pruitt, of Ellenboro, N. C, in which a large num- 
ber took part, and was a season of great refreshing to all present. 
At 11 o'clock the pastor announced that in accordance with 
programme published that we would observe this as Century 
Day, and announced that the first speaker would be Rev. C. B. 
Justice, who would speak to us on "Progress of Baptist Mis- 
sions during the last Century-, and in handling this board sub- 
ject, the speaker surpassed himself. Brother Justice spoke for 
50 minutes, and held the large congregation spell bound as he 
pictured our condition one hundred years ago, and on down 
during the Century, and up to the present time. This address 
^11 long be remembered by those -who heard it, and we know 
It will result in an advanced idea and practice in Mission work. 
Our Association is to be congratulated in securing Bro. Justice 
to tell them about Missions, for he is in deed and in truth a 
strong advocate and believer in Mission work. 

The next speaker was Brother Archibald Johnson who told us 
about "Our Denominational growth during the last Century. " 
Brother Johnson who is always an attractive forceful speaker 
was at his best and gave information that will do the cause v^e 
love a great deal of good. He spoke of the few Baptists within 
our bounds one hundred years ago and pictured to us all along 
the years how our number had grown until to-day we stand as 
a mighty bulwark against the enemy, and are marching on, 
fighting under our Lord's command. "Go ye into all the World 
and preach the Gospel." After singing "All Hail the Power of 
Jesus Name," the congregation was dismissed by prayer, by 
Brother J. C. Caddell. 

Sunday 3:00 P. M. 

Devotional exercises for 30 minutes conducted by the Sunday- 
school superintendent, Bro. W. M. Lyles, at 3:30. Brother J. C. 



17 

Caddell spoke on ''The Sunday-school as a factor in our Denomi- 
national growth," and gave us a splendid talk, and was followed 
by Dr. John Mitchell who spoke earnestly and eloquently and 
made a deep impression on the entire audience as he told us the 
"Best Methods of Sunday-school work." 

The next speaker was Dr. A. C. Barron, who presented ''The 
Bible in the Sunday-school." The Dr. in his usual happy style 
showed the great importance of Bible study, and we will see re- 
sults from his splendid effort. 

The entire gathering engaged in singing Hymn No. 127, "Cling 
to the Bible," after which we were dismissed by prayer by Rev, 
D. W. Thomason. 

8 p. m. The church was crowded to utmost capacity to hear 
what Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, and Rev. D. M. Austin had to say 
about "what should be the special aims of the Denomination 
for the Century to come." 

These brethren fully sustained their position, and they presented 
the subject in a most splendid manner, and nothwithstanding 
the crowded house, and extremely hot weather the audience was 
held closely as they listened to the great plans outlined for our 
work for the Century to come. 

The Moderator made a most excellent closing address, and 
made especial reference to the great good that had been accom- 
plished by the Association, having met with 12th Street Church, 
and spoke encouragingly of the bright future before the Bap- 
tists of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Associaton. His address 
was ^vell received, and after singing that old Hymn, "God be 
with you till we meet again," we were dismissed by prayer, by 
ReV. D. W. Thomason. , W. M. Lyles, Clerk. 



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MINUO^R© 

OF THE 

SIXTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 

Baptist Hseociation, 

HELD AT 

jFirst Baptist Cburcb, 

Concert), fl* C, 

August 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 1901. 



The Next Session will be Held at Matthews, N. C, Beginning 
Thursday, August 21st, at 11 A. M. 



Introductory Sermon by 
Rev. Walter H. Dodd, Charlotte, N. C. 

Alternate : 
Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord, N. C. 



News and Times^Democr at Printing House, 
Charlotte, N. C, 



Officers of the Association. 

Moderator — Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charlotte, N. C 
Clerk— W. M. Lyles, Charlotte, N. C. 
Treasurer — T. J. Renfrew, Matthews, N. C. 

Executive Committee. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett, Chairman, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord, N. C. 

ReVo A. C. Barron, D. D., Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Durham, Charlotte, N. C. 

T. V. Talbirt, Concord, N. C. 

Member of the Board of State Missions. 

W. M. Lyles, Charlotte, N. C. 
Ordained Ministers. 

,T. W. Abernathy, Matthews, N. C. 

D. M. Austin, Charlotte, N. C. 

A. C. Barron, D. D., Charlotte, N C. 
S. F. Conrad, Charlotte, N. C. 
Walter H. Dodd, Charlotte, N. C. 

B. F. Hargett, Kingwood, N. C. 

E. Lacy PiOge, Concord, N. C. 
Wm. Johnston, Matthews, N. C. 

J. J. McLendon, Indian Trail, N. C. 
B. F. Norcutt, Charlotte, N. C. 
L. R. Pruett. Charlotte, N. C. 
W. T. Talbirt, Concord, N. C. 

Delegates to Southern Baptist Convention. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord, N. C, Alternate. 

Delegates to Stpte Convention. 

Rev. Walter K. Dodd, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. P. Lacy Hoge, Concord, N. C, Alternate. 

Rev. W. T. Talbirt, Concord, N. C. 

Alternates. 

Rev. S. F. Conr-^.d, Charlotte, N. C. J. D. McLester, Concord, N. C, 
W, M„ Lyles, Charlotte, N. C. 

Reading Clerks. 

Rev. Walter H. Dodd, Charlotte, N. C. 
T. J. Renfrew, Matthews, N. C. 



Report of Association. 



Concord, N. C, August 22nd, 1901. 

Tiie IGth annual session of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Asso- 
ciation met witl the First Baptist Cchurch of Concord at 11 a. m., 
with the Moderator Rev. L. R. Pruett in the chair. 

The Moderator announced that the introductory sermon would 
be preached by Rev. D. M. Austin, of Charlotte. 

After singing hymn No. 567, and prayer by Dr. A. C. Barron, 
Bro. Austin took his text from 1st Samuel, 4th chapter, 9th verse, 
"Be Strong and Quit Yourself Like Men," and preached a most 
excellent ser:non. The Association was led in prayer by the 
Moderato)-, after which he announced that an adjournment would 
be had until 2. ,'50 p. m., at which time a permanent organization 
would be effected. Benediction by Dr. Barron. 

Evening Session. 

The Aysociation called to order, and hymn No. 585 sung, and 
prayer by Ero. D. F. Helmn, after which the roll call of churches 
was made, and the following responded, and delegates were enroll- 
ed as follows' 

Arlington — E. H. Williams, E. H. Hinson, J. M. Phillips. 

Chaneys Hill—- Not represented. 

Clear Creek— L. A. Ferguson, H. W. Pigg. 

Cohl Water--J. W. Austin, W. W. Talbirt, C. F. Faggert, L. 
M. Fisher, J. D, BmitlL J. B. Talbirt. 

Concord— R. P. Lentz, J. W. Collett, J. D. McLester, B. 
McLester, \V. J. Black, A. H. March, F. P. Smith, J. A. Clayton, 
J. D. Springer, Thos. Hopkins. 

Davidson Mission — Rev. J. L. Shinn. 

I<Viendship— R. J. Mitchell, S. Q. Garrison. 

Hopewell— G. M. Winecoff, A. P. Sweet. 

H:.wells — H. T. Stowe. 

Huntersviile — F. A. Hawkins. 

Independence Hill — J. R. McCurdy. 

Long CrecK — J. S. Underwood, F. F. Beaty. 

Matthews— J. C. Lelms, T. J. Renfrow. 

Newells — Not represented 

Olivet— J. E. Johnson, U. T. Bowden, C. S. Holton. 

Phaniels— V\ A. Yost, H. J. Heilig. 

Pleasant Plains — Not represented . 

Rock Hill — A. D. Crisco. 

Tryon Street — C. T. Stroupe, Gerald Hurt, Dr. A. C. Barron, 

:.2th Street— Rev. L. R. Pruett, Rev. S. F. Conrad, W. M. 
Lyles, T. J. Sprinkle, Theo. Merton Alexander. 

Wilson Grove — Not represented. 

A renuest from the church at Belmont was presented, asking 
to become a member of this Association, and sam.e referred to 
a committee as follows: Rev. W. J. Wyatt, E. H. Hinson and 
B. P. Smith. 

The Moderator announced that the next thing in order would 
be the permanent organization, and upon motion of Rev. B. Lacy 
Hoixe, Rev. L. R. Pruett was unanimously elected as Moderator. 



Bro. W. M. Lyles was elected as Clerk and Bro. T. J. Renfrow 
Y/as chosen as 'treasurer. 

The Moderator recognized the following visitors: Rev. J. W. 
Cchb, "Pibical Recorder;" Rev. Livingstone Johnston, Corre- 
sponding hecreiary; Bro. , Archibald Johnston, "Charity and 
Children;" Bro. Godwin of the South Yadkin Association, and 
Rev. Mr. Gilliani of the Presbyterian Church of Concord. 

The Moderator announced that the next thing in order would 
be the subject of the State Missions, and in the absence of Rev. 
D. W. Thomasson, who was to make this report. Rev. B. Lacy 
Hoge was lequested to make same, as follows: 

Resolved: That each church in the Association increase their 
p]-^(iges to State Mission. 

The ^-esolution wiisreceived, and was ably discussed by Rev. 
Livingstone Johnston, who gave the Association a most excellent 
address, and showed the great good accomplished by the State 
Mission Board. His address was v/ell received. A collection was 
taken and $5.54 reallr^ed. Pra,yer by Dr. Barron. 

The I'oll ot churches was called, and $659.50, pledged for State 
Afission. (See table). 

The Moderator annuonced the following committees: 

Order of business —Rev. J. L. Shinn, U. T. Bowden, Theo. 
Merton Alexander. 

Finance- -F. T. Beaty J. R. McCurdy, W. A. Yost. 

Time, Place end Preacher — Gerald Hurt, H. W. Pigg, S. Q. 
Garrison . 

Religious Exercises — Pastor and Deacons of this church. 

Rev. R. T. Vann, D. D., President of The Baptist Female 
L'nivcrsity, was recognized by the Moderator, and made a few 
remarks very much to the delight of the Association. Rev. S. F. 
Conrad announced that he was representing The North Caro- 
lina Baptist, and asked for subscribers to same. 

The Moderator appointed Rev. G. W. Reed to make report on 
Miniylers Relief Fund, in place of Rev. S. W. Bennett, who was 
appointed at last session of the Association, but was unable to be 
pre.-ent. 

The Clerk called attention to the fact that at the last Asso- 
ciation the Moderator had failed to make an appointment to 
report on Periodicals, and Rev. Walter H. Dodd was selected to 
miake this report. 

Motion was made by Rev. B. Lacy Hoge that the Executive 
Committee be, and are hereby empowered to appoint a committee 
in each church to look after Missions, etc., etc.; and same car- 
ried. 

Hymn No. 11 was sung and benediction pronounced by Rev. 
Livingstone Johnston, and an adjournment had until 8 p. m. 
Evening Session. 

The Association met at 8 p. m., and devotional exercises conduc- 
ted by Rev. G. W. Reed. 

The Moderator introduced Dr. Vann, President B. F. U., who 
gave the Association one of his best addresses, and made every 
member of the Association proud that Ave hav6 such an institution, 
where we can have our young women educated. Dr. Vann is a 
great favorite with the masses, and he was heard with a great 
deal of pleasure. 

The speaker referred to the fact that he was trying to raise 
a fund of $1,000.00 to use as a loan to poor girls, who are not 
able to pay their way through college, and upon motion, a collec- 
tion was taken for this purpose, and $4.08 realized. 



The Moderator requested Rev. B. W. Spillman to make report on 
Sunday Schools. The committe on Order of Business made fol- 
lowing report: 

Friday, August 23rd. 

9.30 Devotional Exercises. 

10 a. m. Report on Periodicals. 

11 a. m. Report on Foreign Missions. 
Adjourn at will. 

2.30 p. m. Devotional Exercises. 

3.00 p. m. Report on State of Churches. 

4.30 p. m. Miscellaneous Business. 

Adjourn at will. 

8.00 p. m. Devotional Exercises. 

8.15 p. m. Report on Orphanage. 

Adjourn at will. 

Saturday, August 25th. 

9.30 a. m. Devotional Exercises. 

10.00 a. m. Report on Ministerial Relief. 

11.00 a. m. Report on Home Missions. 

Adjourn at will. 

2.30 p. m. Devotional Exercises. 

3.00 p. m. Report on Education. 

4.00 p. m. Miscellaneous business. 

Adjourn at will. 

8.00 p. m. Devotional Exercises. 

8.15 p. m. Report on Sunday Schools. 

Adjourn at will. 

The committee on Time, Place and Preacher made following 
report: 

Time — Third Thursday in August next, beginning at 11 o'clock 
a. m. 

Place — Matthews, N. C. 

Preacher— Rev. Walter H. Dodd, Charlotte, N. C. 

Alternate — Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord, N. C. 

The reports were received. 

The entire Association joined in sining hymn No. 473, and Dr. 
Vann pronounced the benediction and an adjournment taken until 
9.30 tomorrow. 

Friday, August 3rd. 

9.30 a. m. Devotional exercises conducted by Rev. J. L. Shinn, 
after which the Moderator announced that the Association was 
ready to take up the regular order of business. The minutes of 
yesterday read and with some slight corrections were approved. 

Rev. D. M. Austin called the attention of the Association to the 
fact that the committee on Time, Place and Preacher had evidently 
over looked the fact that their report makes the date of next ses- 
sion the 28th day of August, which would embrace the 5th Sunday, 
the time for our Union Meeting, and upon motion of Rev. B. Lacy 
Hoge, the vote was reconsidered, and the following amendment 
offered : 

Resolved: That the time of meeting shall be Thursday after 
third Sunday in August next. The resolution adopted. 

The Moderator announced that the next subject to be discussed 
would be Periodicals, and Rev. Walter H. Dodd made the follow- 
ing report: 

Resolved 1: That we should be a reading people,"Reading Mak- 



eth a Full Man." Ignorance is the mother of sin, crime and infamy 
We must fortify our camp with the bulwarks of knowledge. 

2nd: That our inactivity and atrophy are due to our lack of 
information. We do not support Missions because we do not 
know the needs. We have three of the best papers in the South. 
We commend the "Recorder" as the Organ of our denomination. 
We endorse "The North Carolina Baptist" as being true to Bap- 
tist principles, and we commend "Charity and Children," and 
would be glad to see it in every home in North Carolina. 

The report received. 

Rev. S. F. Conrad saated that he objected to the clause in report 
"Ignorance is the Mother of Sin, Crime and Infamy." 

Rev. J. W. Cobb, of the "Recorder," was recognized by the 
Moderator, and discussed the resolution, and presented the claims 
the "Recorder" had upon the Baptist of North Carolina . 

Rev. S. F. Conrad, of the "North Carolina Baptist," gave the 
Association a splendid address on the report. 

Bro. Archibald Johnston, of "Charity and Children," was recog- 
nized by the Moderator and presented this paper to the Association 
and made a most splendid address and urged every Baptist family 
to provide themselves with all the religious literature possible. 

The report was adopted. The entire body Then sung that old, 
but ever inspiring hymn, "All hail the power of Jesus' Name,"after 
which the report on Foreign Missions was made by Dr. Barron, 
as follows: 

"The day is past in which to argue the duty of American Chris- 
tians to carry the gospel to our fellow men v^ho dwell in the dark- 
ness of heathendom. Our fathers fought that battle, and did it 
well. 

They laid broad the foundation for Foreign Missions. Our duty 
is to carry forward the work so nobly begun. 

The Foreign Mission Board, located at Richm-ond, Va., was ap- 
pointed by the Southern Baptist Convention as a sort of Central 
committee to aid our churches in carrying on this v/ork. It has 
no authority over the church, is simply their committee to carry 
out their instructions. 

Each convention has sought to enlarge on the work of their 
predecessors, and thus there has been a steady growth of our 
forces of laborers in Foreign lands. The last convention in May, 
directed the Board, speedily as possible to send out 25 new mis- 
sionaries. Many of these appointees are no^/ ready to sail, and 
will be off as soon as the money is provided l3y the churches. 

P>om every section of the Foreign Mission fields come encourag- 
ing reports of deep interest, and many conversions and baptisms. 
Never were the additions more frequent and valuable. Even in 
disturbed China, the outlook is encouraging. 

Your committee is impressed with the fact that many of our 
people do little or nothing for Foreign Missions. We beg to sug- 
gest some things which we believe would serve to awaken more 
interest. 

1st: Our pastors, who are the leaders in every good wark, need 
to become more thoroughly acquainted with this work. They 
ought to preach oftener on Foreign Missions to their churches. 
To do this inteligently, they must study more the literature which 
is being published by the Board, and we urge them to send and 
receive a supply, which will be supplied freely. 

2nd: We beg also to suggest that v/e need more prayer for both 
the Board and our Missionaries. They ought to be prayed for in 
the family circle, in the prayer meeting, Sunday school and 



church. We believe it would be well to revive the old concert of 
prayer for Foreign Missions when we meet together to study 
about the fields and workers, and to supplicate God's blessing on 
them. 

If we come to know the workers and their difficulties, we will 
toe more interested in them, and feel like praying for thm, and 
giving to their support." 

Report received. 

Dr. Barron was recognized by the Moderator, and discussed the 
report and presented the claims of Foreign* Missions in a very 
forceful manner, and urged greater activity, and asked that we 
pray continually for the spread of the gospel among the heathen 
nations. 

Re\". Walter H. Dodd spoke earnestly on the report, and reques- 
ted a special prayer, asking God to give us a man from this Asso- 
ciation to go to Foreign fields. Dr. Barron led in this prayer. 

Pledges for this work were called for, and $698.50 pledged. The 
report adopted. 

The committee appointed to interview the church at Belmont, 
Charlotte, reported favorably, and they were received as members 
with us, and were given a hearty welcome by the Moderator. 

Letters from Cold Water and Rock Hill churches were read, 
and delegates duly enrolled. The Long Metre Doxology sung, and 
benediction by Rev. B. W. Spillman. and adjournment taken until 
2.30 p. m. 

Evening Session. 

2.30 p. m. Devotional exercises conducted by Rev. C. M. Murchi- 
son after which the regular order of business was taken up. The 
"State of Churches" was the subject for discussion, and the fol- 
lowing messengers reported for their respective churches: 

Arlington — B. H. Hinson. 

Belmont— D. F. Helms. 

Chaneys Hill — Rev. W. T. Talbirt. 

Clear Creek — L. A. Ferguson. 

Cold Water— Rev. W. T. Talbirt, J. W. Council . 

Concord — Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, F. P. Smith, J. D, McLester. 
Davidson Mission — Rev. J. L. Shinn. 

Friendship — R. J. Mitchell. 

Hopewell — A. P. Sweet. 

Howells — J. L. McCurdy. 

Huntersville — Rev. J. L. Shinn. 

Independence Hill — J. L. McCurdy. 

Long Creek — Rev. C. M. Murchison, F. T. Beaty. 

Matthews— T. J. Renfrew, J. C. Helms. 

Olivet—Rev. Walter H. Dodd, U. T. Bowden. 

Phaniels— Rev. G. W. Reed. 

Pleasant Plains — T. J. Renfrew. 

Rock Hill — A. D. Crisco. 

Tryon Street — Dr. A. C. Barron, Gerald Hurt. 

12th Street— Rev. S. F. Conrad, W. M. Lyles. 
Wilson's Grove — No response. 

A motion made by Dr. Barron, that the Moderator appoint a 
committee of one, to visit the churches in the Association not 
represented here. Motion carried, and the Moderator announced 
that h would make the appointment before the Association ad- 
journed. 

The following resolution was presented by Bro. W. M. Lyles, 
and unanimously passed: 

Be it Resolved: That in view of the fact that the Baptist 



8 

church at Newells, N. C, does not affiliate v/ith the Mecklenburg 
and Cabarrus Association, that a committee of three be appointed 
to visit this church, and ascertain cause of their action in not 
afliliating with us, and to secure, if possible, their co-operation in 
the work we have to do, and to use all means to have thern enlist, 
and be with us at the nejit session of the Association. The Mode- 
rator announced that he v^^ould name committee a little later. 
The finance com.mittee made report as follows: 
We beg to report collections during the session of the Associ- 
ation, for the various objects as follows: 

Foreign Missions $13.00 

Hom.e Missions 11.40 

State Missions 16.42 

Orphanage 8.85 

Education 5.75 

Ministers Relief 7.50 

Minute Fund 21.26 

Total $84.18 

Bro. J. R. McCurdy asked the Associatian to excuse him ,as it 
v/as important for him "to return home. The request was granted. 
The Moderator announced that an adjournment would be taken 
until S.OO p. m. 

Night Session. 

S.OO p. m. Devotional exercises conducted by Bro. T. J. Sprinkle, 
afler v/hich the Moderator announced that the regular order of 
business Vv'ould be taken up, and the report on Orphanage marie 
by Rev. W. T. Talbirt, but read by Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, as follov/s: 

"This year closed with 210 children in the Orphanage. During 
the year 245 were cared for. The healht record of the yar was 
remarkably good. The establishm^ent of the water works system 
3 3 the inim.ediate and pressing need of the Orphanage. The outlook 
for the Orphanage was never brighter. More than 300 Sunday 
schools are giving a collection to this object, one Sunday in each 
m.onth. We heartily commend this plan to QYeij Sunday school 
in the Association." 

The report received, and able addresses made by Bro. Archi- 
bald Johnston and Gen. T. F. Toon, after which pledges were 
m.ade to this work to the amount of $193.00. The Moderator recog- 
nijied Ero. Theo. Mertcn Alexander, who spoke feelingly as to the 
work of the Orphanage. 

Upon mo lion of Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, the roll of churches was 
called, and pledges made for the completion of the water works at 
the Orphanage, to the amount of $98.00 and a cash collection, 
amounting to $4.47. 

After singing that old svy^eet hymn, "Sweet Hour of Prayer," and 
benediction by Rev. J. W. Cobb, adjournment was taken until 
9.30 tomorrow. 

Saturday Morning. 

9.30 a. m. Devotional exercises conducted by Bro. T, J. Renfrov/, 
after which the regular order of business v/as taken up. 

Letter from Phaniel Church was received, together with $8.50, 
to cover the amount of their pledges for the various objects. 

The Moderator named Rev. V/. T. Talbirt as a committee to 
visit the churches not represented at this session, namely: Chan- 
ey's Hill and "Wilson's Grove. He also announced that the following 
committee would visit the church at Newells, as per resolution 



passed yesterday: T. J. Renfrew, U. T. Bowden, W. M. Lyles. 

The report on Ministers Relief Fund v/as made by Rev. G. W. 
Reed as follows: 

This subject is one which is (or should be) very dear to the 
hearts of our denomination, and yet the conditions existing 
are not vv'-hat we would have them. Our worn out ministers are 
deserving of greater consideration at our hands than they have 
heretofore been receiving and we would like to recommend to this 
Associcition, that greater interest be manifested in the donations 
along this line, so that our worn out ministers may not only be 
provided v/ith the necessities of life, but also with a greater degree 
of comfort in the ir declining years. 

Report received and discussed by Bro. Reed showing the great 
importance oi activity among our people, to lessen the burdens 
of our ministers, aad made a most eloquent appeal in their behalf 
Rev. J. L. Shinn and Bro. T. J. Renfrov/ discussed the report, 
after which pledges were m^ade to this Fund amounting to $69.50. 
(See table). The report adopted. 

Rev. D. F. Helms and Bros. F. P. Beaty, Lockey Allen and M. 
Griflin asked the Association to excuse them, which was done. 

Revs. C. M. Murchison and J. W. Cobb expressed their pleas- 
ure at being in attendance at this session. 

The Moderator recognized Rev. J. A. B. Fry of the Methodist 
church. Concord, and Rev. Mr. Gilliam, of the Forest Hill Metho- 
dist church. 

The report on Home Missions was made by Rev. B. Lacy Hoge 
as follows: "There is no Board of the Southern Baptist Conven- 
tion that makes a stronger appeal to the benevolence of our peo- 
ple and churches, than the Home Mission Board. 

This Board is located in Atlanta, Ga., and has for its object, the 
extension of the Masters cause throughout the South land and 
Cuba. 

There is a great deal of work that our State Board cannot do 
without the aid of the Home Board. 

This Board has greatly helped the State work in the mountains 
of North Carolina and other Southern States. Our churches must 
go forv/ard, and increase their contributions to Home Missions, if 
they meet the needs of the destitute fields vv^ithin the bounds of 
the Southern Baptist Convention. The report received and ably 
discussed by Rev. B. W. Spillman, Field Secretary to our Baptist 
Sunday School Board, at Nashville, Tenn., who gave the Associ- 
ation a most able address, showing the great work the Home Mis- 
sion Board has done, and is doing today. The speaker urged great- 
er activity among our people to do greater things along this line, 
and showed clearly our duty in this great work, and told us in his 
eloquent manner the work the Board is doing in the West, as well 
as what is being done in our ov/n State. 

The roll of churches was called and pledges made to this object 
to the amount of $90.50. (See table). 

Report adopted. 

The Long Metre Doxology was sung, and the benediction pro- 
nounced by Rev. ¥/alter H. Dodd, and the Association stood ad- 
journed until 2.30 p. m. 

Evening Session. 

The Moderator conducted devotional exercises at 2.30 p. m. 
after which the regular order of business was proceeded v/ith. The 
Moderator named the following brethren to make reports at the 
next session of the Association as follows: 



10 

Report on State Missions — Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord, N. C. 
Report on State Missions — Rev. G. W. Reed, Salisbury, N. C. 

Report on Foreign Missions — Rev. Walter H. Dodd, Charlotte, 
N. C. 

Report on Education — Rev. A. C. Barron, D. D., Charlotte, N. 
C. 

Report on Orphanage — Capt. T. J. Renfrow, Matthews, N. C. 

Report on Periodicals — Rev. S. F. Conrad, Charlotte, N. C. 

Report on Sunday Schools — Rev. D. F. Helms, Charlotte, N. C. 

Ministers Relief Fund — Rev. J, L. Shinn, Mooresville, N. C. 

The following resolution was presented by Bro. W. M. Lyles, 
and after some discussion, was unanimously passed: 

Be it Resolved: "That from this date all moneys pledged and 
collected for the various objects by our churches, be sent to the 
Treasurer of this Association, and said funds to be sent by him to 
the Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention at Raleigh, and 
applied to the various objects as designated by our Treasurer." 

Bro. Theo. Merton Alexander made a motion that the clerk be 
instructed to address a letter to each church clerk in the Associ- 
ation, advising them and their churches of the above resolution. 
Motion carried. 

In the absence of Rev. D. M. Austin, who was appointed at last 
session of the Association, to make report on Education, the 
Moderator requested Rev. B. Lacy Hoge to give this object his 
attention, whereupon he made following report, which was 
received: 

"The interest of our people in Education is a very hopeful 
sign for the Baptist, for no people have suffered more from igno- 
rance and prejudice than we have. The prejudice of others against 
the Baptist is largely caused by ignorance. 

There is great need for Associational Schools, and we recom- 
mend this Association take active steps to the building of the 
school at Arlington. Wake Forest College is equal to any in the 
South for young men, and we should take greater pride in it, and 
seek to send students there. 

The Baptist Female University is the pride of the Baptists of 
North Carolina, and no school has ever met with greater success. 

Money should be raised to lift the debt from our schools and 
provide a fund for the education of more of the children of the 
poor." 

The report received, and Bro. Hoge gave the Association a 
splendid talk on this subject. The Moderator gave us a very in- 
teresting talk, and urged greater things along Educational lines. 
Bro. E. H. Williams made a few remarks in reference to the 
sohocl at Arlington. 

The report adopted, and roll of churches called, and pledges to 
this object to the amount of $61.00. 

A motion made by Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, that Bro .E. H. Williams 
be requested to secure from Bro. E. H. Hinson, a deed for the 
lot, and deliver same to Trustees of this Association. Motion car- 
ried. 

The Moderator announced that the next thing before the Asso- 
ciation was the election of an Executive Committee of five (5) 
which resulted as follows: 

Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charlotte, N. C, Chairman. 

Rev. A. C. Barron, D. D., Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Durham, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord, N. C. 

T. V. Talbirt, Concord, N. C. 



11 

Delegates to tlie Baptist State Convention was chosen as fol- 
lows: 

Rev. Walter H. Dodd, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. B. Lacy Hoge, Concord, N. C. 

Rev. W. T. Talbirt, Concord, N. C. 
Alternates. 

Rev. S. F. Conrad, Charlotte, N. C. 

J. D. McLester, Concord, N. C. 

W. M. Lyles, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett was elected as delegate to the Southern 
Baptist Convention and Rev. B. Lacy Hoge chosen as alternate. 

Bro. W. M. Lyles was chosen as a member of the Board of 

State Missions. 

The Clerk then read report showing amount of money raised 
hy the churches in the Association for various objects to be $7,- 
930.18. 

The benediction pronounced by Bro. Gerald Hurt, and adjourn- 
ment taken until 7.30 p. m. 

Night Session. 

7.30 p. m. Devotional exercises conducted by Bro. W. M, Lyles, 
after which the report on Sunday Schools was made by Rev. Wal- 
ter H. Dodd as follows: 

"Resolved that we are terribly in the background in our Sunday 
school v/ork in our cities and towns. Can we say that v/e are 
aggressive? We realize that the greatest debt on earth is the debt 
of Parent to Child, and especially to develope the child spiritually. 
We hold the Sunday school work to be second only to the church, 
and indeed a part of the great plan of the Gospel of our Lord. We 
recommend that we push the Sunday school work in our country 
churches." Report received. 

The Moderator recognized Rev. B. W. Spillman, Field Secretary 
of Baptist Sunday School Board og Nashville, Tenn. 

Bro. Spillman is a great favorite in North Carolina, having lived 
here all his life, where he has labored so faithfully in the interest 
of the Sunday schools, and is now employed by the Baptist Sunday 
School Board of Nashville, Tenn. He presented this feature of 
the work in his usual happy style. He emphasised the great im- 
Ijortance of personal work in the Sunday school, and urged greater 
activity in this branch of our work, and dwelt at length upon the 
importance of the hearty hand shake in the Sunday school, and 
also the necessity of good music in this work. Report adopted. 

A collection was taken to swell the Minute Fund, and $2.04 rea- 
lized. 

Bro. Theo. Merton Alexander m.ade a motion that the Associ- 
ation tender a vote of thanks to the members of Concord Baptist 
church, and to the citizens of Concord for their hospitality and 
many kindnesses shown us during our stay, and same unanimous- 
ly passed. 

The Moderator announced that the business of the Association 
had been finished, and hymn No. 712 was sung, after which a 
good, old fashioned, general hand shaking was indulged in by all 
the delegates and visitors present 

Benediction pronounced by Bro. Spillman, and the 16th annual 
session of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association stood ad- 
journed, to meet with the Baptist church at Matthews, N. C, on 
Thursday, August 21st, 1902, at 11 a. m. 

L. R. PRUETT, Moderator. 

W. M. LYLES, Clerk. 



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Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 



Baptist Hseociation, 



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August 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 1902. 



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MINUTTKS 



OF THE 



Seventeenth Annual Session 



OF THE 



MECKLENBURG AND CABARRUS 

BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



HELD AT 



MATTHEWS, N. C 
August 2J, 22, 23, 1902 



The next session will be held at 
Arlington, N. C, beginning Thursday 
before the 4th Sunday in August, at 11 
o'clock A. M. Introductory sermon by 
Rev. J. Q. Adams, Charlotte, N. C. 
Alternate, Rev. D. M. Austin, Char- 
lotte. 



1903 

NEWS AND TIMES 
CHARLOTTE, N 


PRINT 
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OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. 



MODERATOR. 
T. J. Renfrew Matthews, N. C. 

CLERK. 
W. M. Lyles Charlotte, N. C. 

TREASURER. 
J. A, Durham Charlotte, N. C. 

READING CLERKS. 

T. J. Renfrew Matthews, N. C. 

Arch. Johnston Thomasville, N. C. 

MEMBER STATE BOARD OF MISSIONS. 
W. M. Lyles Charlotte, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. E. Smith Concord, N. C. 

Rev. A. C. Barron, D. D Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Durham Charlotte, N. C. 

T. V. Talbirt Concord, N. C. 

DELEGATE TO SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION. 
Rev. A. C. Barron, D. D. 

ALTERNATE TO SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett. 

DELEGATES TO STATE CONVENTION. 

Rev. A. C. Barron Charlotte, N. G. 

Rev. D. M. Austin Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. Q. Adams Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. E. Smith Charlotte, N. C. 

E. J. Funderburk Matthews, N. C. 

J. A. Durham Charlotte, N. C. 

W. M. Lyles Charlotte, N. C. 

ORDAINED MINISTERS. 

J. W. Abernathy Matthews, N. C. 

J. Q. Adams Charlotte, N. C. 

D. M. Austin Charlotte, N, C. 

A. C. Barron, D. D Charlotte, N. C. 

A. W. Crabtree Arlington, N. C. 

S. P. Conrad Charlotte, N. C. 

W. H. Dodd Charlotte, N. C. 

D. F. Helms , Charlotte, N. C. 

J. J. McLendon Indian Trail, N. C. 

L. R. Pruett Charlotte, N. C. 

J. E. Smith Concord, N. C. 

W. T. Talbirt Concord, N. C. 



REPORT qf ASSOCIATION 



MATTHEWS, N. C, THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 1902. 

The 17th annual session of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association met 
with the Matthews Baptist Church at 11 A. M., with the Moderator, L. R. 
Pruett, in the chair. 

The Moderator announced that, owing to the absence of Rev. Walter H. 
Dodd, the introductory sermon would be preached by Prof. W. R. Collum, 
of Wake Forest. 

Hymn No. 162, Gospel Hymns, was sung, and Bro. Collum read the 10th 
chapter of Romans, and Rev. J. Q. Adams led in prayer, after which the 
speaker took for his text the first 15 verses of the chapter read, and 
preached a powerful sermon, one calculated to stir all present to greater 
activity. Prayer by Bro. Arch. Johnston, and all joined in singing that old 
hymn, "Rescue the Perishing." 

The Moderator announced that an adjournment would be had until 3 
P. M. 

Rev. D. M. Austin suggested that a committee on order of business be ap- 
pointed in order that they might be able to report to the afternoon session, 
and the Moderator named the committee as follows: J. Q. Adams, D. M. 
Austin, J. F. Davis. 

The committee on hospitality requested all Messengers and visitors to re 
port immediately after adjournment, in order for all to be provided with 
homes. 

Benediction pronounced by Prof. Collum. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 
Enrollment of Delegates. 

The Association called to order at 3 P. M. by the Moderator and that old 
familiar hymn "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" sung, and prayer by 
Rev. J. F. Davis. 

The roll call of churches made, and following responded, and messengers 
enrolled as follows: 

Arlington— A. R. Hartis, E. H. Williams, J. S. Long, F. M. McConnell. 

Chaney's Hill — J. F. Chaney. 

Clear Creek— L. S. Pigg, J. F. Reader, H. W. Pigg, N. J. Ferguson. 

Cold Water— T. V. Talbirt, W. W. Talbirt. 

First Church Concord — J. W. Collett, J. D. McLester. 

Friendship — J. T. Mitchell, U. N. Mitchell, Covington Garrison. 

Hopewell— G. M. Winecoff, A. P. Sweet. 

Howells— L. T. Bost, H. T. Stowe, T. D. Joyner, D. W. Stone. 

Independence Hill — J. B. Flowers, J. C. Godfrey, J. R. Adkins, C. S. Davis. 

Long Creek — G. C. Crump, L. L. Grass. 

Louise — C. M. Robinson, C. F. Childress. 

Matthews — E. J. Funderburk, T. A. Newell, G. C. Funderburk. 

Newells — Lee Barber, G. A. Bumgarner. 

Phaniels— W. A. Yost. 

Pleasant Plains — J. E. Broom, J. J. McLendon, H. L. Helms. 

Pritchard Memorial— W. F. Dowd, J. J. Ezell, V. O. Willis, J. Q. Adams, ] 
Jr., R. W. Adams. 

Rock Hill— A. D. Crisco. 

Second Church Concord — W. F. Philman. 

Tryon Street— J. A. Durham, A. B. Justice, H. G. Harper, L W. Durham, 
W. C. Dowd. 



Twelfth Street — W. M. Lyles, T. J. Sprinkle, T! M. Alexander, C. F. 
Stroupe. 

Wilson's Grove — B. S. Rushen, Robert Mungo. 

The Moderator appointed T. J. Renfrow and Arch. Johnston reading 
clerks. 

Applications to become members of the Association, from Pritchard Mem- 
orial and Second Church, Concord, were presented, and same referred to 
committee as follows: J. A. Durham, E. H. Williams, C. M. Robinson. 

Election of Officers. 

The Moderator announced that the next thing in order would be the elec- 
tion of officers and same entered into, and resulted as follows: 

Moderator — T. J. Renfrow, Matthews. 

Clerk— W. M. Lyles, Charlotte. 

Treasurer — J. A. Durham, Charlotte. 

The committee on order of business made the following partial report: 

4 P. M. — Education and discussion thereof. Adjournment. 

8 P. M. — Devotional exercise. 

8:30 P. M. — Report on State Missions. Adjournment. 

Report of committee received, and Prof. Collum took the floor and made 
a stirring address on Education, after which pledges were made to the 
amount of $61.00 (see table). 

The committee appointed to consider the application for membership of 
Pritchard Memorial and Second Church of Concord, announced that they 
were ready to report, and recommended that they be received as members 
of this Association. Report adopted, and they were received, and their 
Messengers duly enrolled. 

The following committees were named by the Moderator: 

Order of business — J. Q. Adams, D. M. Austin, J. F. Davis. 

Finance — J. A. Durham, C. F. Childress, E. H. Williams. 

Time, Place and Preacher — L, R. Pruett, B. J. Funderburk, H. W. Pigg. 

Religious exercises — The Pastor and Deacons of Matthews Church. 

The Moderator appointed the following to write reports: 

State Missions — L». R. Pruett. 

Home Missions — J. F. Davis. 

Foreign Missions — D. M. Austin. 

Education — J. Q. Adams, Jr. 

Benediction by Rev. J. J. McLendon, and adjournment until 8 P. M. 

NIGHT SESSION. 

Session opened by singing hymn, "Nearer My God to Thee," and prayer by 
Prof. Collum. 

Report on State Missions. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett made the following report on State Missions: 

"The State Mission work is very encouraging. There is progress along 
all lines. Much has been done, and there is yet much to be done. There are 
about one million people in North Carolina who are not members of any 
church, of any denomination. What a great field for mission work. 

"There is great destitution in many counties in Eastern Carolina, where 
Bapt'ist preaching and the erection (*f Baptist churches are greatly needed. 
In the Western part of the State the Baptists are strong in numbers, but 
weak in intelligence and in the grace of giving. 

"In this charming and picturesque part of our State the Baptists, through 
our State Mission Board, are encouraging educational, social and spiritual 
interest in that Land of the Sky. 

"The Board is extending a helping hand to many sections of North Caro- 
lina, giving the manufacturing centres special attention, but the Board feels 
embarrassed with so many urgent and worthy calls coming upon them, and 
v/ithout sufficient funds to meet the demands. 

"Brethren, forty thousand dollars could be appropriated each year to this 
work, and then much barren territory would remain untouched. 



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"There are now 9S missionaries in the State, employed by the Board, 
when the field calls for many times this number. 'More men,' 'more men,' 
is the cry. It comes to us from the home land; it comes to us from the 
Staie; it comes to us from the destitute part of our Association. 

"The Board at Raleigh has appropriated twenty-five thousand dollars 
($25,000) for this year, every cent of which will be raised. Brethren, let us 
do our duty. (Signed) L. R. PRUETT." 

Report received, and Rev. Livingston Johnston, Corresponding Secretary, 
was recognized, and spoke on the report, after which a cash collection was 
taken, amounting to $6.61. Further remarks made to the report by Prof. 
Collum. and pledges taken to the amount of $160.00 (see table). Report 
adopted. 

The committee on order of business made further report as follows: 

Fridaj', 9 A. M. — Devotional exercises. 

9: SO A. M. — Report on Orpnanage. 
10:30 A. M. — Report on Education. 

Report adopted. 

Motion made by Rev. L. R. Pruett, and carried, that a committee be ap- 
pointed to make an effort to revive the interest in the Union Meetings in 
our Association, and to arrange programme for same. Remarks by several 
Messengeis. urging the revival of the Union Meeting, and Moderator an- 
nounced that he would name the committee a little later. 

T. J. Sprinkle was appointed to conduct the devotional exercises at the 9 
o'clock session tomorrow morning. Motion made, and carried, to adjourn. 
Hymn No. 167 sung, and benediction pronounced by Rev, Livingston John- 
ston. 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 1902. 

9 A. M. — Devotional exercises conducted by T. J. Sprinkle, who read 14th 
chapter of John. 

9:30 A. M. — The association called to order by the Moderator, and upon 
suggestion of Rev. D. M. Austin, it was agreed to devote a portion of the 
morning session in hearing reports as to the spiritual condition of the 
churches cf the Association, and the Moderator requested Rev. L. R. Pruett 
to conduct this part of the service. Interesting and encouraging reports 
were made by Messengers of each church, after which the Moderator an- 
nounced that the regular order of business would be taken up. 

The Clerk called the roll, and each church responded except Olivet. Min- 
utes of yesterday read and approved. 

Report on Orphanage. 

Report on Orphanage, made by Rev. J. Q. Adams, as follows: 

"No object of benevolence has a larger place in the affections of our peo- 
ple than the Orphanage at Thomasville. 

"The spirit of benevolence which v^alled into existence this noble institu- 
tion is in such beautiful harmony with the teachings of our Saviour as to 
give the Orphanage a secure position for all time in the hearts of the Bap- 
tist people of North Carolina. 

"We commend the management of the Orphanage as economical and wise 
and the training given the children as that calculated to bring out the best 
there is in them and fit them for usefulness in both church and State. We 
recoiT^mend that one Sunday's collection in each month, in all our Sunday 
Schools, be devoted to the support of the Orphanage, and that clubs for 
'Charity and Children,' the paper published by the Orphanage, be secured in 
the churches as the best means of keeping the work of the Orphanage con- 
stantly before the people. Respectfullv submitted, 

(Signed) J. Q. ADAMS." 

Report received, and interesting remarks made on same by Rev. J. Q. 
Adams. Arch. Johnston and John E. Ray, and a cash collection taken, 
amounting to $12.50. The roll of churches called and pledges to the amount 
of $252.00 made. (See table.) 



The committee on order of business made further report as follo^Y3: 
Friday, 3 P. M. — Report on Periodicals. 

4 P. M, — -Report on Sunday Schools. 
Adjournment. 
Saturday, 9 A. M. — Devotional exercises. ' 

9:30 — Ministers' Relief. 
10:30 — Report on Home Missions. 
11 : 30 — Miscellaneous business. 
Adjournment. 
John E. Ray, principal of the Dsaf and Dumb School at Raleigh, was pres- 
ent and addressed the Association in reference to this work, and furnished 
the Association with a list of the names of children within the bounds of the 
Association who ought to be in this school, and urged that they be looked 
after, and, if possible, get them to attend. 

Motion made to adjourn until 3 P. M. Carried. L. M. Doxology sung, 
and benediction pronounced by Rev. L. R. Pruett. 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON SESSION. 
3 P. M. — Session opened by singing hymn, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee." 
and prayer by John E. Ray. 

The Moderator announced the committee to arrange for Union Mesting. 
carried over from yesterday, as follows: L. R. Pruett, J. Q. Adams, D. M. 
Austin. 

Report on Education. 
The report on Education was made by J. Q. Adams. Jr., as follows: 
"The immense strides of civilization and spread of the gospel of culture 
in this new century render an education imperative, and yet it is a sad fact 
that North Carolina today, among her sister States, ranks lowest in the 
scales of education. 

"There are now over four hundred and thirtv-nine thousand (439,000) 
children of school age in our territory, and of this number our Baptist peo- 
ple must have a large per cent. 

"To give them a well rounded education that will prepare them for the 
highest usefulness to both church and State, is the task before us. We 
heartily commend the course of our legislators to make better provisions 
for common school education, and we hope for an increase in the rapidly 
growing sentiment in North Carolina for a more liberal education of the 
rank and file of her people. 

"For higher education, our own Baptist Convention has provided two 
great institutions. We desire to give expression to our pride in Wake Fo^'- 
est College. Founded by our fathers, with manv trials and hardships, it 
stands today, in the words of President Harper, of Chicago, the best institu- 
tion of its kind in the South. The recent establishment of a medical depart- 
ment shows that it is still growing and improving. Its ideal situation, its 
corps of Christian teachers, its large endowment, its religious atmospheie. 
its past history and traditions, all demand of us our admiration, love and 
patronage. 

"The Baptist Female University off^s to our young women the same op- 
portunities that Wake Forest for so long has offered to our young men. But 
ar present it is hampered with a heavy indebtedness. At Winston, last Decem- 
ber, the State Convention decided to riise fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) as 
a thank offering to God for His many blessings during the past century. Of 
this sum. forty-two thousand dollars (542,000) was to go towards relieving 
our Baptist Female University, two thoi^sand and five hundred dollars ($2,- 
500) to needed repairs and improvements at the Chowan Baptist Female In- 
stitute at Muffresborough, and the balance, including necessary expenses, to 
the High School work in Western North Carolina. 

"The cause is very urgent. Indeed it is absolutely necessary to releive the 
Baptist Female University of its indebtedness, in order that it may go on 
with its great work. And as our people become more highly educated, it is 
manifest that our Baptist hosts must be led by a well cultivated ministry; 



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therefore, we highly commend the board of education under the direction of 
Prof. Collum, which is now educating some fifty odd young men for the 
Baptist ministry. 

"All these objects appeal to us. Let us, therefore, each and every one, con- 
tribute of our prayers, of our means and influence to this great and vital 
question of education. ''(Signed) J. Q. ADAMS, Jr." 

The report received and discussed by the following brethren: A. D. Hun- 
ter, John E. Ray, D. M. Austin and Arch. Johnston. The report adopted, and 
the following resolution introduced by Rev. L. R. Pruett: 

"Whereas, Dr. A. C. Barron, during the Baptist State Convention at Win- 
ston last December, pledged our Associa-.'on for one thousand dollars ($1,- 
000) to the Educational Fund, 

"Be it resolved: That we. The Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association, 
through our committee, consisting of D. M. Austin, L. R. Pruett and J. A. 
Durham, will endeavor, by the meeting of the Convention next December in 
Durham, to raise and pay in said sara." Resolution carried. 

The report on Periodicals was to havt been made at this hour, but owing 
to the absence of Rev. S. F. Conrad, who was to make report, it was agreed 
to wait until tomorrow morning's session. 

W. C. Dowd was recognized by the Moderator, and he was requested to 
address the Association in reference to our Associational School, to be loca- 
ted at Arlington, and in order to bring it more fully before the Association, 
it was made the special order for 9:30 o'clock tomorrow morning. 

Olivet church, through I. W. Durham, reported that they had not been 
able to prepare their church letter, and advised that they would prepare it 
in a few days and send it to the Clerk, and requested that it be embodied in 
the Minutes. The same request came from the First Church at Concord. 
Both requests were granted. 

Motion was made and carried to adjourn until 8 p. m. Benediction by Rev. 
J. Q. Adams. 

FRIDAY NIGHT. 

Evening session opened at 8 o'clock by singing hymn No. 163, and prayer 
by Arch. Johnston. 

The Moderator recognized Rev. R. G. Kendrick, of Greenville, S. C, who 
responded in a few well chosen remarks. The Association at this time took 
pleasure in extending to Rev, J. E. Smith, pastor of the First Church at 
Concord, a most hearty welcome as a member of our body. Bro. Smith 
responded in some feeling remarks, and expressed himself as highly pleased 
with being a member of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association. 

Report on Foreign Missions. 

The report on Foreign Missions was made by Rev. D. M. Austin as follows: 

"I regard this as a most important p art of our work, not because of any 
obligation we are under to the heathen. Our duty to do this work comes 
out of the imperative order of our Lord, 'To give the gospel to all people.' 

"The very life of our religion is missionary. Weakness in this work threat- 
ens our existence spiritually. It seems evident from scripture statements and 
human testimony, that God's richest blessings have rested on all faithful 
missionary efforts. I do believe that our interest in this part of our work is 
commensurate with our interest in State and Home Missions. 

"The war in China, and the massecre of some of our missionaries has 
doubtless helped to tone down our interest in Foreign Missions. We are 
doing some foreign missionary work. Respectfully submitted. 

"(Signed) D. M. AUSTIN." 

The report received and discussed by the following brethren: D. M. Austin, 
A. D. Hunter, R. G. Kendrick, J. Q. Adams, J. E. Smith, L. R. Pruett, D. F. 
Helms, A. W. Crabtree, Arch. Johnston and W. C. Dowd. 

The report adopted, and pledges taken to the amount of $113.00 (see table). 



The committee on "Time, Place and Preacher," announced their readiness to 
report, and presented the following, which was unanimously adopted: 

Time— Thursday before the 4th Sunday in August, 1903, at 11 o'clock A. M. 

Place — Arlington Church. 

Preacher— Rev. J. Q. Adams. 

Alternate— Rev. D. M. Austin. (Signed) L. R. PRUETT, 

E. J. FUNDERBURK, 
H. W. PIGG. 

The Moderator appointed W. M. Lyles to conduct devotional exercises to- 
morrow morning. Motion made, and carried, to adjourn. Doxology sung 
and benediction by Rev. D. M. Austin. 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22. 

9 o'clock A. M. — Devotional exercises conducted by W. M. Lyles. 
Moderator called sesion to order at 9:30, and prayer by Rev. J. Q. Adams. 
The committee appointed to arrange Union Meeting announced that they 
were ready to report, and submitted the following, which was adopted: 
Time — Friday before the fifth Sunday in November. 
Place — Pleasant Plains. 
Preacher — Rev. J. E. Smith. 

Alternate— Rev. J. Q. Adams. (Signed) D. M. AUSTIN, 

L. R. PRUETT, 
J. Q. ADAMS, 

Committee. 
This subject was discussed by Brethren J. Q. Adams, L. R. Pruett, H. L. 
Helms and S. F. Conrad. 

Report on Periodicals. 

Report on "Periodicals" made by Rev. S. F. Conrad as follows, and same 
received: 

"The newspaper is one of the most powerful agencies for good or evil of 
modern times. The religious newspaper is indispensably necessary as a 
medium of information among the ch urches and the work of our boards. 

"The newspaper is a powerful agency in the indoctrinating and upbuilding 
of our people in our denominational principles. Therefore recommend the 
'Biblical Recorder' as the denominational organ, and as having done a 
great and noble work in feeding us in our denominational work. 

"The 'North Carolina Baptist' is meeting a felt want among the Baptists, 
and as having done a good work in the State. 

" 'Charity and Children' as representing our orphanage work, and as being 
well and ably edited. 

"The 'Home Field,' and 'Foreign Mission Journal' as representing the work 
as being done by the home and foreign boards. All of these papers are 
worthy of the patronage and support of our people, and should find a place 
in all of our homes. (Signed) S. F. CONRAD, Com. 

Report discussed by Brethren S. F. Conrad, J .W. Cobb, A. D. Hunter and 
W. R, Small, and same adopted. 

Report on Home Missions. 

The report on Home Missions made by Rev. J. E. Smith as follows: 

"Our people are more deeply interested in Home Missions now than ever 
before because of the faithful and en thusiastic services of Dr. F. H. Kerfoot 
and our present secretary, Dr. McConnell. 

"There never was a time when Hom e Missions claimed so large a share of 
our interest and enthusiastic support, 

"Our rapidly increasing population, our unprecedented prosperity in all 
industrial and mercantile enterprises have attracted the attention of the 



10 

world toward us. Immigration from all parts of the world has set in. The 
foreigner is here and must be Christianized or his influence will be power- 
ful against our religion.. 

"In the prospective canal which is to unite two oceans, we have special 
interest. It will undoubtedly mean a constantly increasing immigration. If 
we can meet them and bring them to Jesus, we shall save them and our 
country. 

"The negro problem is being solved: Through God we shall be a blessing 
to them, but it will require wiser counsel and support to accomplish our de- 
sire. 

"Thousands have moved from everywhere to 'Factory Hill,' and the great 
majority are very careless about attending services or supporting the Lord's 
work. Only by establishing churches among them can we hope to reach them. 

"This will necessitate the expenditure of thousands to support men on the 
field, but 'the field is white unto the harvest,' and must be reaped for the 
Master. 

"Our frontier work has called forth many noble men, who, by receiving a 
small amount from our Home Board, have been enabled to preach the gospel 
to thousands who would otherwise have never heard it. 

"Texas, our greatest State, has been saved to the Baptist in this way, and 
many others owe their great prosperity to the missionary. We rejoice over 
glorious results in many places, and -xhort our brethren to greater interest 
and liberality toward Home Missions, for only by being faithful at home can 
we hope to be successful abroad in foreign lands. 

"(Signed) J. E. SMITH, Com." 

Report received, and discussed by Brothers J. E. Smith, D. M. Austin and 
S. F. Conrad, after which it was unanimously adopted. 

The Association welcomed Rev. W. Leggette of the M. E. Church of Mat- 
thews. Pledges were then taken for Home Missions to the amount of $78.00 
(See table). The Moderator announced that the Associational school matter 
was to have been presented at 9:30 this morning, but owing to the absence 
of several members it was postponed until this time. W. C. Dowd then 
addressed the Association in reference to this important matter, and pledges 
to the amount of $100.00 was made as follows: 

B. A. Sustare, Matthews $ 25.00 

W. C. Dowd. Charlotte 10.00 

J. E. Smith, Concord 5.00 Paid. 

E. J. Funderburk, Matthews 10.00 

T. J. Renfrow, Matthews 5.00 

D. M. Austin, Charlotte 5.00 

Clear Creek Church 5.00 

J. W. Phillips, Matthews 5.00 

T. A. Newell, Matthews 2.50 

N. C. Baptist, Fayetteville 5.00 

J . D. Robinson, Raleigh 2.50 

Pleasant Plains Church 2.00 

12th Street, Charlotte 5.00 

Tryon Street, Charlotte 13.00 

Total $100.00 

I 
Report on Sunday Schools. 

Report on Sunday schools made by Bro. C. M. Robinson as follows, and 
same received: 

"From the statistics of the different churches during the past century, it is 
evident that the most active church members, and the most thoroughly con- 
secrated Christian men and women, as well as the best Bible scholars in our 
church, are men and women whom were reared under the supervision and 
direct influence of the Sunday schools. These statistics corroborate the state- 



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ment of one of our great men of the past, that the Sunday school is the nur- 
sery of the church. , 
"To our certain knowledge, some of the most prosperous churches that we 
have in the State today, are the direct outgrowth of the Sunday schools. 
These being the facts, brethren, we should be stimulated and inspired to 
greater zeal and activity in the Sunday school work in the future, and thereby 
carry out the divine injunction to 'Bring up our children in the way they 
should go.' 

"From the natural order of things, we are obliged to concede that the 
future hope of our church and State rests on the boys and girls of today. 
How careful then should we be to give them the proper training, inculcate in 
their young minds the truths and principles of the blessed gospel of our 
Savior. 

"Therefore we would urge that each church in our Association have a 
Sunday school, and that they carry it on during the entire year if possible, 
for we realize that there is no better place within the bounds of the church 
for the special training than in the Sunday schools. Respectfully submit- 
ted. "(Signed) C. M. ROBINSON, Com." 
Report discussed by Bro. C. M. Robinson, after which it was adopted. 

Report on Ministerial Relief. 
The report on "Ministerial Relief" was made by Rev. A. D. Hunter, in the 
absence of Rev. .T. L. Shinn, who was appointed at the last session of the 
Association to make the report. 

"This board, located at Durham, has for its object the aiding of aged and 
indigent ministers and their widows. 

"This is a great work, and has done- real good in helping quite a number 
who needed help. To do its work, each church is urged to make contribu- 
tions to this work. If the pastors will look after this, and bring it to the 
minds of their members, needed funds can be had. Twenty-two were aided 
last year at $5.00 per month, or $60.00 per year. Submitted, 

"A. D. HUNTER, for J. L. CHINN." 
Report discussed by Bros. A. D. Hunter, J. W. Cobb and J. J, McLendon, 
and same unanimously adopted, and pledges taken to the amount of $61.00 
(See table). • 

Motion made by W. M. Lyles, and carried, that the subject of Temperance 
be discussed at our next Association. 

The Moderator made the following appointments to make reports at our 
Association next August: 

Foreign Missions — Dr. A. C. Barron, Charlotte. 

Home Missions — Rev. J. E. Smith, Concord, 

State Missions — Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charlotte. 

Orphanage — W. D. Adams, Charlotte. 

Periodicals — ^W. C. Dowd, Charlotte. 

Ministerial Relief — Rev. J. J. McLen don, Indian Trail. 

Sunday Schools — Rev. D. F. Helms, Belmont, 

Education — Rev. J. Q. Adams, Charlotte. 

Temperance — Rev. S. F. Conrad, Charlotte. 

The Finance Committee made following report, which was adopted: 

Collected for Foreign Missions $ 27.27 

Collected for Home Missions 12.50 

Collected for State Missions 7,42 

Collected for Orphanage ' 11.13 

Collected for Education 1.00 

Collected for Ministerial Relief 3.50 

Collected for Minute Fund 23.52 

Basket collection, Orphanage 12.50 

Basket collection, State Missions 6.61 

Total , $105745 

(Signed) J. A. DURHAM, 

E. H, WILLIAMS'. Com. 



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Election of Delegates. 

The next thing in order was the election of delegates to the Southern Bap- 
tist Convention, and to the State Convention, which resulted as follows: 

Delegate to Southern Baptist Convention — Dr. A. C. Barron, Charlotte. 

Alternate — Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charloiie. 

Delegates to State Convention — Dr. A. C. Barron, Rev. D. M. Austin, Rev. 
L. R. Pruett, Rev. J. Q. Adams, Rev. J. E. Smith, E. J. Punderburk, J. A. Dur- 
ham, W. M. Lyles. 

W. M. Lyles was re-elected a member of the State Board of Missions. Upon 
motion of Rev. L. R. Pruett, a vote of thanks was given the good people of 
Matthews for their kind hospitality during the session of the Association. 

Report of Committee to Visit Newell Church. 

Rev. S. F. Conrad, who was appointed as a committee to visit the church 
at Neweils, made following report: 

"Acting for the Chairman, W. M. Lyles, of the committee appointed at th-^ 
last session of the Association, to visit the church at Neweils relative to 
their co-operation with the Association; I visited them the 2nd Sunday in 
August, and found the chuich just closing an interesting revival meeting 
under their pastor, aided by Rev. M. C. Walton, of Burgaw, N. C, and they 
received me very cordially, and at the close of the morning service I stated 
to them the object of my visit, and explained to them the desirability of co- 
operating with the Association. 

"I found they had canvassed the matter among themselves, and had al- 
ready decided to send delegates and renew their Associational relations. I 
was much pleased with the spirit of the membership and the promising out- 
look of the work, and recommended to the Association to give their dele- 
gates a cordial welcome. * (Signed) S. F. CONRAD, 

Acting Committee. 

Motion made and carried, that the Clerk be allowed the sum of ten dollars 
($10.00) for his services. 

The Moderator thanked the Association for the courteous manner they had 
treated him during the session of their deliberation. The pastor of Mat- 
thews church, Rev. D. M. Austin, announced that Rev. L. R. Pruett would 
preach Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. The business of the Association hav- 
ing been completed, a motion made to adjourn, and hymn No. 177 was sung, 
and benediction pronounced by Rev. A. D. Hunter, and the Moderatordeclared 
the 17th annual sesion of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association ad- 
journed to meet with the church at Arlington at 11 o'clock A. M. Thursday 
iDcforc the 4th Sunday in August, 1903. T. J. RENFROW, Moderator. 

W. M. LYLES, Clerk. 



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Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association. 

TREASURER'S REPORT. 

1901-1902. 

Foreign Missions $16.00 

Home Missions 12.40 

State Missions 18.42 

Orphanage 10.85 

Education 6.75 

Ministerial Relief . . . , 7.50 

Minute Fund 21,26 

Collection Orphanage. 

Water Works 8.47 

Collection State Missions 5.^2 

Collection Orphanage 4.08 

$111.15 

Paid Foreign Missions $ 16.00 

Paid Home Missions 12.40- 

Paid State Missions IS. 42 

Paid Orphanage 10.85 

Paid Education 6.75 

Paid Ministerial Relief 7.50 

Paid for Minutes 21.26 

Paid Water Works 8.47 

Paid State Missions 5.42 

Paid Orphanage Collection 4.08 

$111.15 
Respectfully submitted, 

T. J. RBNFROW, Treas. 

From Mrs. Pruett, Water Works $ 2.00 

From W. M. Lyles, Water Works 2.00 

From 12th Church, Water Works 3.00 

12th Church, Charity & Children 3.00 

12th Church, Charity & Children 3.00 

12th Church, Charity & Children 3.00 

12th Church, Charity & Childrer; 3.00 

12th Church, Charity & Children 3.00 

12th Church, Charity & Children 3.00 

12th Church, Charity & Children 3.00 

From Friendship, Water Works 2.00 

From Friendship, State Missions 2.50 

From Friendship, Education 1.00 

From Friendship, Ministerial K elief 1.00 

From Friendship, Orphanage 5.00 

From Clear Creek, Home Missio n 2.00 

From Chaney Hill, Orphanage 1.66 

From Phaniel, Orphanage 1.00 

From Belmont, Water Works. 1.32 



$44.98 
The ahove was forwarded promptly as directed. 

T. J. RENFROW, Treas. 



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Att0M0t 20, 21, 22. 1903 



Minutes of the i8th Annual Session 



OF THE 



MECKLENBURG AND CABARRUS 
BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



HELD AT 



Arlington, N, C. 
August 20th, 2ist and 22d| IQ03. 



The next session will be held at Pritchard Memorial Church, 
Charlotte, N. C, beginning Thursday before the second Sunday in 
September, at 11 o'clock, a. m. Introductory sermon by Rev. J. B. 
Smith, Concord, N, C, Alternate, Rev, D, F, Helms, Charlotte, N,C, 



OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. 



MODERATOR. 
T. J. Renf row, Matthews, N. C. 

CLERK, 
W. M. Lyles, Charlote, N. C, 

ASSISTANT CLERK, 
W. B. Renfrew, , Matthews, N. C. 

MEMBER STATE BOARD OP MISSIONS. 
W. M. Lyles, Chariote, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett. Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. Q. Adams, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. D. M. Austin, Charlotte, N. C. 

W. M. Lyles, . . Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Durham, Charlotte, N. C. 

DELEGATE TO SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION, 
T. J. Renfrew, Matthews, N. C. 

ALTERNATE, 
V. O. Willis, Charlotte, N. C. 

DELEGATES TO STATE CONVENTION. 

Rev. A. C. Barron, D. D., Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. D. M. Austin, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. Q. Adams, Charlotte,' N. C, 

Rev. J. E. Smith, Concord, N. C. 

E. J. Funderburk, Matthews, N. C. 

F. M. Hinson, Arlington, N. C. 

J. A. Durham, Charlotte, N. C. 

W. M. Lyles, Charlotte, N. C. 



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ORDAINED MINISTERS. 

J. W. Abeinathy, Matthews, N. C- 

J. Q. Adams, Charlotte, N. C. 

D. M. Austin Charlotte, N. C. 

A. C. Barron, D. D., Charlotte, N, C. 

S. F. Conrad Charlotte, N. C. 

J. F. Davis, , Charlotte, N. C. 

D. F. Helms, Charlotte, N. C. 

J. J. McLendon, .Indian Trail, N. C. 

L. R. Pruett, Charlotte, N. C. 

J. E. Smith Concord, N. C. 

W. T. Talbirt, .Concord, N. C. 



REPORT OF ASSOCIATION. 



Arlington, N. C, Thursday, August 20th, 1903. 

The eighteenth annual session of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association called to order at 11 o'clock a. m., by the Moderator, 
T. J. Renfrow, and after singing "All Hail the Power of Jesus' 
Name,'' and Prayer by Rev. S. P. Conrad, the moderator an- 
nounced chat the introductory sermon would be preached by Rev. 
J. Q. Adams, who chose as his text John 21:17. 

Prayer by Rev. J. E. Smith, and motion made and carried to 
adjourn r.ntil 2 o'clock p. m. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Association called to order by moderator and prslyer by Rev. L*. 
R. Pruett. Roll call of churches made, and following responded, 
aiid messengers enrolled: 

Arlington — B. H. Hinson, E. H. Williams, W. R. Massey, J. H. 
Connell. 

Chaney's Hill— C. P. Sossamon, T. A. Clontz, T. J. Faulk. 

Clear Creek— R. H. McManus, M. A. Helms, J. S. Raider, H. 
W. Pigg. 

Cold Water— J. W. Austin, T. V. Talbirt, Wm. Tucker, J. D. 
Smith, J. W. Connell. 

First Church, Concord — Prank Smith, A. W. Morgan, /Floyd 
Corzine. 

Friendship — Not reprsented. 

Hopewell— A. P. Sweet, G. M. Winecoff, John Williams, C. A, 
Hedgepeth. 

Howells — T. D. Joyner, J. W. Honeycutt, W. McCurdy, Geo. 
Austin, L. E. Dorton. 

Independence Hill — Not represented. 

Long Creek — P. T. Beaty. 

Louise — Not represented. 

Matthews— E. J. Funderburk, T. A. Newell, T. J. Renfrow. 

Newell— W. E. Hull, W. C. Sutton, L. B. Barbee. 

Phaniel — J. M. Funderburk, Henry Denny, B. T. Funderburk, H. 
. Heilig. 



Pleasant Plain — J. J. McLendon, H. E. Helms, J. B. Broom, J. 
M. Paxton. 

Pritcliard Memorial— D. M. Austin, V. O. Willis, W. P. Dowd, 
J. J. Ezell. 

Rock Hill, A. D. Crisco, J. W. Snyder. 

Second Church, Concord — J. K. Gurley, D. M. Hawkins, Thos. 
Anderson. 

Tryon Street — A. C. Barron, W. C. Dowd, J. A. Durham. 

Twelfth Street— L. R. Pruett, S. F. Conrad, D. W. Fink, R. J. 
Boyd, W. M. Lyles. 

Wilson's Grove— Y/. G. Stegall, E. S. Rushen, W. T. Mullis, A. 
L. Pigg. 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS. 

The moderator announced that the next thing in order would 
be the election of officers and same entered into, and resulted as 
follows : 

Moderator — T. J. Renfrow, Matthews. 

Clerk — W. M. Lyles, Charlotte. 

Assistant Clerk — W. B. Renfrow, Matthews. 

Treasurer — D, W. Fink, Charlotte. 

The following committees appointed by the moderator: 

Order of Business — L. R. Pruett, J. Q. Adams, F, M. Hinson. 

Finance — E. H. Williams, T. A. Newell, E. H. Hinson. 

Time, Place and Preacher — W. T. Talbirt, A. W. Morgan, D. 
W. Fink. 

Religious Exercises — The pastor and deacons of Arlington 
Church. 

The Moderator recognized Prof. Gorrell, of Wake Forest, and 
Rev. J. M. Bridges, of King's Mountain Association, who spoke 
words of encouragement to the association. 

Motion made by S. F. Conrad, and carried, that a committtee 
of three be apppointed to make a report on "Church Letters," and 
following named as this committee: S. F. Conrad. D. M. Austin, 
J. W. Snyder. 

The committee on order of business announced that they were 
ready to report and submitted the following, and same adopted: 

Thursday, 3:00 p. m. — Report on Temperance. Adjournment at 
will. . 

Friday, 9:00 a. m. — Devotional Exercise. 

Fi'iday, 10:00 a. m. — Report on Home Missions. 

Friady, 11:00 a. m. — Report on Education. 

Friday, 12:30 p. m. — Report on Periodicals. 

Friday, 1 p. m. — Adjournment. 



Friday, '^:00 p. m. — Report on State Missions. 

Fi'iday, 3:00 p. m. — Report on Orphanage. 

Friday — Adjourn at will, 

Saturday 9:30 a. m. — Devotional Exercises. 

Saturday, 10:00 a. m. — Report on Foreign Missions. 

Saturday, 11:00 a. m. Report on Ministerial Relief. 

Saturday, 2:00 p. m. Adjourn at will. 

Saturday, 2:30 p. m. — Report on Sunday Schools. 

Miscellaneous business. Adjournment. 

Bro. E. H. Hinson was recognized by the Moderator, and spoke 
encouragingly of the work at Arlington church, and of the splen- 
did meeting just closed. 

The hour having arrived for the report on temperance, Rev. S. 
F. Conrad submitted following report, and same received: 

"The cause of temperance was never in as good form as now. 
More towns and whole counties are without the open and licensed 
sale of liquor than ever bfore. 

"The temperance sentiment has wonderfully grown within the last 
several years, and more especially in this State since the elimi- 
nation of the negro as a controlling factor in the politics of the 
State. 

"The Watts Bill, while strictly speaking, is not a temperance 
measure, has rid the State of nearly 500 distilleries, which gives 
absolute prohibition to a large majority of the counties. 

"The organization of the 'Anti-Saloon League' has been an im- 
portant factor in temperance reform, and is doing much to stop 
the licensed sale of liquor in both towns and counties. 

"We will note that this great reform movement is equally as 
manifest in other Southern States. The evils of the liquor traffic, 
and its relation to crime and pauperism and taxation are now 
being considered as never before. We urge our people to put 
themselves in opposition to the liquor traffic, and when it is prac- 
ticable to organize against it." 

Respectfully submitted, 

S. F. CONRAD. 



The report was discussed by the following brethren: S. F. 
Conrad, J. E. Smith, W. M. Lyles, J. M. Bridges, J. Q. Adams, 
after v/hich it was adopted by a rising vote. 

At this time the messengers from Phaniel church were reconized, 
and came forward and were duly enrolled. At 4:30 p. m. motion 
made and carried to adjourn. Long metre doxology sung, and bene- 
diction by Rev. J. W. Snyder, and association stood adjourned 
until 9:30 Friday morning. 



FRIDAY MORNING. 

Session called to order, and devotional exercises conducted by 
Rev. J. M. Bridges, after which the Moderator announced that 
the regular order of business would be taken up. Minutes of pre- 
vious session read and approved. 

Messengers from Clear Creek, Newell, Pleasant Plains and Wil- 
son's Grove were recognized and were duly enrolled. At this 
time, Rev. J, E. Smith made report on Home Missions, as follows, 
and same received: 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

"Another year has passed and we have to report gracious bless- 
ings from the Lord. Our boards undertook great things and our 
churches responded nobly. Over $100,000.00 was raised, 17,000 
persons brought into the churches through the efforts of our mis- 
sionaries. This sum is insignificant, compared to the great and 
imperative need everywhere. There are hundreds of cities in 
the South of more than 5,000 inhabitants that have only one, if 
any Baptist church. Thousands are congregating in our cities, 
and they are coming from all parts of the world to obtain em- 
ployment in our mills and factories. What will become of them, 
and our own people, if we neglect their salvation? Fifteen hun- 
dred churches in the State of Texas are homeless and similar 
condition prevails in many other points. The field is certainly 
white unto the harvest. Shall we go in and reap for the Master? 
As we are faithful at home, we shall be more successful in foreign 
fields. The Lord expects ever3'' one of His children to do his 
duty." 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. E. SMITH. 

The report was ably discussed by J. E, Smith and Dr. Barron, 
after which same was adopted. 

The hour having arrived for the report on education. Rev. J. Q. 
Adams announced his readiness to make the report, but upon 
motion this report was deferred until the afternoon session, and 
the report upon periodicals was made by W. C. Dowd, as follows, 
and same received: 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

"There can be no intelligent or active co-operation on the part 
of Baptists in their denominational work without information as 
to the work being untertaken. 

"This information cannot be received except through the de- 



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nominational papers. This being true, we earnestly recommend 
that the pastors of this Association urge all of their members to 
become subscribers to one or more of our papers. 

We recommend to all Baptists, as worthy of their support, The 
Biblical Recorder, the North Carolina Baptist, Charity and Chil- 
dren, and the periodicals of the Baptist Sunday School Board. 

"In order that greater interest may be aroused in the question 
of missions, we urge all Baptists to become subscribers to the 
Home Field and Foreign Mission Journal." 

Respectfully submitted. 

W. C. DOWD. 

The report was discussed by the following brethren: S. F. Con- 
rad, W. C. Dowd, L. R. Pruett, and an amendment offered by Rev. 
J. Q. Adams, that the periodicals of the Baptist Sunday School 
Board be included, and the report adopted as amended. 

Motion made and carried to adjourn until 2 o'clock. Benedic- 
tion by Rev. D. M. Austin. 

AFTERNOON SESSION, FRIDAY. 

Association called to order at 2 o'clock. Hymn, "Nearer my 
God to Thee," sung, and prayer by Rev. D. M. Austin. The Mod- 
erator recognized the messenger from Long Creek Church, and 
he was duly enrolled. 

The hour having arrived for the report on education, Rev. J. Q. 
Adams submitted the following, and same recived: 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

"The importance of the subject of Education cannot be over- 
estimated. We need better educated preachers and better edu- 
cated deacons and Sunday school teachers. Indeed, the crying 
need of our churches today is not greater numbers, or greater 
wealth, or even greater piety, or more religion, but a cultured, 
educated and well trained and efficient church membership. 

The usefulness of many a pious man has been curtailed for the 
want of an education. Many a pastor has been handicapped in 
his wDrk for the want of efficient educated men and women in 
his church to carry out his well laid plans for extending his Mas- 
ter's kingdom. 

"Nor is it possible to estimate the value of even one educated, 
consecrated man to any church or community. Place such a man 
in the average Baptist church and with tact and common sense he 



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will acquire an influence, in the course of time, that will enable 
him to work a revolution in the affairs of the church. 

"We are glad to note the tidal wave of interest in the subject 
of education that has been sweeping over the State from the moun- 
tains to the sea. The people are clamoring for better schools 
and longer terms of service. We should never cease the agita- 
tion of this subject until we secure a free school term in our com- 
mon schools of nine months for all children of school age. 

"But while favoring free education in our common schools, we 
declare ourselves UTTERLY AND UNALTERABLY OPPOSED TO 
STATE AID FOR HIGHER EDUCATION. 

"To our boys seeking higher education, we recommend Wake 
Forest College as equal to any school in the State, and for Bap- 
tist boys as superior to any other. The moral and religious char- 
acter of our sons are as safe at Wake Forest as at our homes. 

"The Baptist Female University, at Raleigh, is intended to give 
to our girls the same advantages for higher education that Wake 
Forest offers to our boys, and we are glad to report that it is 
fully meeting this long felt want. In our judgement, this school 
is superior to any other school of like character in the State. 

Our Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, located at Louis- 
ville, Ky., for the education of young preachers, is too well and 
favorably known to need commendation in this report. Let our 
young preachers avail themselves of the superior advantages 
offered at this institution for Theological education. 

"We are glad to report that since the last session of this body 
our Associational School, which has been much talked of for the 
last few years, has been successfully established at Arlington on 
a lot adjoining the one on which the Arlington church is located. 
The committee having this school in charge will make full report 
to this body concerning the school, and we need not speak of it, 
save to commend it to the support and patronage of the churches 
of our Association. 

And finally: Let Christian parents educate their children under 
Christian influence. Let Baptist parents patronize Baptist in- 
stitutions, and let all stand together for the VOLUNTARY SYS- 
TEM in higher education." 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. Q. ADAMS. 



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The report received, but before discussion of same, the report 
on our Associational School was made by W. C. Dowd, and same 
discussed by Bro. Dowd, who explained that it was necessary to 
have at least $150.00 pledged to support the school and the fol- 
lowing pledges made: 

T. J. Renfrow, Matthews, $10.00. 

F. M. Hinson, Arlington, 20.00. 

W. F. Dowd, Charlotte, 10.00. 

W. C. Dowd, Charlotte, 10.00. 

A. W. Crabtree, Arlington, 10.00. 

D. M. Austin, Charlotte, 10.00. 

J. E. Sustare, Matthews, 10.00. 

J. J. Ezell, Charlotte, 10.00. 

W. S. Paxton, Matthews, 10.00. 

Dr. A. C. Barron, Charlotte, 10.00. 

V. O. Willis, Charlotte, 10.00. 

A. W.' McManus, Clear Creek, 10.00. 

R. H. McManus, Clear Creek, 5.00. 

W. M. Lyles, Charlotte, ! 5.00. 

B. B. Estridge, Arlington, 5.00. 

J. Brafford, Arlington, 5.00. 



Total $150.00. 

After these pledges were taken, the report submitted by Rev. 
J. Q. Adams was ably discussed by Prof. Gorrell, of Wake Forest, 
J. Q. Adams, D. M. Austin, A. W. Crab tree and F. M. Hinson. The 
report unanimously adopted. 

Motion made by W. C. Dowd, and seconded, that a committee of 
three be appointed to report back to the Association in reference 
to changing our mode of pledges for the various objects, and, after 
some discussion, following committee named; Dr. A. C. Barron, 
J. Q. Adams, J. E. Smith. 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON TIME PLACE AND PREACHER. 

The committee on "Time, place and preacher" announced their 
readiness to report. 
Amendment offered by Rev. J. Q. Adams, changing time from 



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that reporoted by committee to Thursday before second Sunday 
in September, and same carried as amended. 

The report as adopted is as follows: 

Time — 11 o'clock, Thursday before second Sunday in Septem- 
ber, 1904. 

Place — Pritchard Memorial church, Charlotte, N. C. 

Preacher — Rev. J. E. Smith, Concord, N. C. 

Alternate — Rev. D. F. Helms, Charlotte, N. C. 

A request came from Howells and Daniels churches for letters 
of dismission, the former to become a member of the Stanly Asso- 
ciation, the latter to join the South Yadkin, and same granted, 
and letters ordered drawn. 

Motion made to adjourn. Benediction by Dr. Barron. 

SATURDAY MORNING SESSION. 

Religious exercises conducted by Rev. S. F. Conrad, beginning 
at 10 o'clock. Moderator called the Association to order at 10:30 
o'clock, and the messengers from Chaneys Hill were recognized, 
and they were duly enrolled. This church asked for a letter of 
dismission to become a member of the Stanly Association, and 
same granted, and letter ordered drawn. 

In the absence of Rev. D. F. Helms, who was to make the report 
on Sunday schools, the Moderator named Rev. L. R. Pruett to do 
this work. 

The time having arrived for the report on State Missions, Rev. 
L. R. Pruett made following report and same received: 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

"The work of the State Mission Board is more important than 
ever before in the history of our convention. There are new and 
uncultivated fields that ought to be occupied at once. There are 
many towns and cities in North Carolina growing in comemrcial 
interest and population. Such a concentration of business and 
civic life open up the way for missionary effort in the State. 

"In the many fields now occupied there are marks of progress, 
and there are many reasons for taking courage and going forward. 
In looking at a summary of last year's work we see how wonder- 
fully God has blessed the labors of our missionaries throughout 
the State. There were about 100 missionaries employed by the 
board: 8,304 sermons preached, 2,222 conversions reported and 
1,176 baptisms during the year. 

"The work is laid out this year on a $25,000 basis. If all the 
fields were occupied, more than double this amount would be ap- 



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3)ropfiatea. Much of this destitution is within the hounds of our 
'Own Association. We need at least three more men in the Meck- 
lenburg and Cabarrus Association. 

"There should be an increase in th« contributions from our 
'Churches during the coming year. 

The Master says, "LIFT UP YOUR EYES, AND LOOK ON THE 
FIELDS,; THEY ARE WHITE ALREADY TO HARVEST." 
Respectfully submitted, 

L. R. PRUETT. 

The Teport was ably discussed hy L. R. Pruett, S. F. Conrad, 
J. J, McLendon and D. M. Austin, and same unanimously adopted. 

APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE. 

Upon motion of D. M. Austin, it was ordered that a special com- 
mittee, consisting of fiv« (5) members, be appointed by the Mod- 
erator, whose duty shall consist in canvassing the willingness of 
the churches of this Association as to the advisability of employ- 
ing a good and able man to labor in the bounds of the Association. 
This committee to report to the executive committee at their ear- 
liest conveniences. This committee consists of the following 
hrethren: J. E. Smith, Concord, N. C; F. M. Hinson, Arlington, 
N. C; S. F. Conrad, Charlotte, N. C; V. O. Willis, Charlotte, N. 
•C.; T, J. Renfrow, Matthews, N. C. 

APPORTIONMENT COMMITTEE. 

The following resolution offered by Rev. J. Q. Adams, and same 
unanimously carried: 

"Resolved, That the executive committtee be instructed to make 
an apportionment of amounts to be raised for the objects of the 
convention among the churches of the Association, and that a 
committee of three (3) be appointed in each church to look after 
the raising of the amounts apportioned. '' 

The hour having arrived for the report on Foreign Missions, Dr. 
A. C, Barron submitted following, and same received: 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

It was very evident at the last session of the Southern Baptist 
Convention, held last May in Savannah, that we are in the midst 
of a great foreign mission revival. The year previous, the con- 
vention called on the churches of the convention to raise $200,000. 



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At Savannah, the Foreign Mission Board reported $218,000 raised;: 
that is $18,000 more than was hoped for. Under the inspirationi 
of this announcement the convention authorized the hoard to call 
for the sum of $300,000 for the current year, and it is confidently 
expected that the churches will respond p^romptly to this call. 

North Carolina is asked to raise at least $25,000 of this amounts 
The churches of this Association ought to esteem it a favor to 
aid in this great endeavor of the Southern Baptist Convention to 
give the gospel to the world. Your committee earnestly urge the 
delegates to increase their pledges to this cause for the coming 
year. 

Reports and letters from missionaries in the field show . that 
God is greatly blessing their labors. Attendance upon worship 
is increasing, and converts are being multiplied, and the outlook 
is most promising. 

Let us every one share in the good work by our prayers and 
gifts. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. C. BARRON. 

Report discussed by Dr. Barron and same unanimously adopted. 
Motion made and carried that the Moderator appoint a com- 
mittee of four (4) to name the executive committee for ensuing 
year, and following named as such committee: S. F. Conrad, E. 
J. Funderburk, F. M. Hinson, W. M. Lyles. 

A special collection amounting to $9.00 was taken and allowed 
the clerk for services rendered. Motion made and carried to 
adjourn. Benediction by Dr. A. C. Barron. 



EVENING SESSION (SATURDAY). 

The Association called to order at 2 o, clock by the Moderator, 
and prayer by Rev. L. R. Pruett. The Moderator made following 
apppointments for next Association: 

Report on Foreign Missions, J. E. Smith, Concord. 

Report on State Missions, A. C. Barron, Charlotte. 

Report on Home Missions, D. M. Austin, Charlotte. 

Orphanage, J. Q. Adams, Charlotte. 

Periodicals, F. S. Conrad, Charlotte, Charlotte. 

Ministerial Relief, L. R. Pruett, Charlotte. 

Sunday Schools, W. D. Adams, Charlotte. 
Education, W. C. Dowd, Charlotte. 

Temperance, W. M. Lyles, Charlotte. 



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UEPORT ON ORPHANAaE. 

Th?e report on Orphanage was made by W, B. Adams, as 
follows: 

"The Baptist hosts of our State have always regarded the Or- 
phanage at Thomasville with a very tender love. Above all other 
•objects, it is the denomination's especial care. Ever since its 
organization, as it has struggled onward and upward, it has 
occupied ^ warm place in the hearts of the Baptist people of our 
State. 

The spirit t>t true benevolence moved our fathers to establish 
our orphanage, and the good that it has accomplish^ed has been 
inestimable. 

Motherless and fatherless children from every community in 
the State having been taken in and given a Christian education 
enabling them to become ideal citizens in our Christian Com- 
monwealth. 

There are now in our orphanage more than 260 children, who 
are reared under the best home influences. We can gain no con- 
ception of the glorious work being done by our denomination> 
Many shall rise up and call us blessed when the last day shall 
come. 

We commend the management as having been remarkably satis- 
factory and economical. J. B. Boone is a director of rare qualities. 
Charity and Chldren, the organ of the orphanage, with 
Archibald Johnson as editor, is an ideal Christian publication. 
It is an exceedingly interesting religious journal, and gives to us 
a deep insight into the work of the orphanage, 

Every church in the Association, through its Sunday school, 
should secure clubs to "Charity and Children," and when 
distributed should insist that each copy be carefully read. 

Let us rally about our orphanage and remember it in our 
monthly contributions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. D. ADAMS. 

The report received, and discussed by W. D. Adams, after which 
it was unanimously adopted. 

REPORT ON MINISTERIAL RELIEF. 

Some years ago our State Convention appointed a board, con- 
sisting of ten members, to relieve the necessities of our desti- 
tute and aged ministers. This board is located at Durham. C. 



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J. Thompson is president and J. F. McDuffie corresponding seci- 
retary. 

Last year twenty-three were aided by this board. The sums 
allowed individuals range from $10.00 to $85.00, aggregating 
$1,110.00. 

To aid our needy brethren should be esteemed a privilege. It. 
should be a work of love. 

Matthew 25:40 — "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the 
least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me." 

Then let all our churches contribute freely to this object. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. J. McLENDON. 

Report received, and discussed by J. J. McLiendon, and same 
unanimously adopted. 

The special committeo named to recommend the Executive Com- 
mittee announced their readiness to report, and submitted fol- 
lowing: 

We, your committee named to recommend an Executive Com- 
mittee, beg to recommend as follows: L. R. Pruett, J. Q. Adams,. 
D. M. Austin, W. M. Lyles, J. A. Durham. 

Respectfully submitted, 

S. F. CONRAD, 

E. J. FUNDERBURK, 

F. M. HINSON, 
W. M. LYLES, 

» Committee, 

REPORT ON CHURCH LETTERS. ^ 

The special committee named to make a report on church letters 
announced their readiness to make report, and submitted the 
following: 

"Your committee has found it difficult to offer satisfactory report 
because of a lack of having all the letters from the churches. 
Also to give any comparative statistics, because of the many in- 
acuries in last year's minutes. 

"We find the figures wholly unreliable and untrustworthy for 
comparison. For instance: Pleasant Plams is reported as pay- 
ing their pastor $555.00 and Pritchard Memorial paying only 
$20.00. 

"We also find a number of church letters gotten up in bad form, 
some of them being written in a bad hand, upon slips of paper, 
and inacurate in their statistics as compared with last year's 
work. 



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"From the letters we learn that ten of the churches report no 
gain, while five of them report an actual loss of 27 members. 
Ten others report a gain of 185. 

"We note that srme of our best churches are making practically 
no numerical advance. The church at Matthews reports a loss 
of five, while the First Church of Concord reports a net gain of 
only four. 

"Seven churches report nothing contributed to home missions, 
while four others report the pitiful sum of $1,00 each. We find 
eleven churches of this Association paying their pastors an aver- 
age of less than $55.00, while seven of this number pay less than 
this amount. 

"Prom the letters, we are led to believe that this Association, 
outside of the city churches, is neglecting the rural districts, and 
that our work is poorly and unsatisfactorily done. 

We desire to «^ubmit the following recommendations: Its. 
That the churches, through our clerk, procure a blank letter to 
fill out for the Association. 

2nd. That these letters be sent in at least ten days before the 
meeting of the body, so as to enable the clerk to do much of the 
needed work before the body meets. 

3rd. That this Association take a new departure as to its meth- 
ods of Associational work; That we endeavor to secure live, 
active pastors, and that all of the churches be supplied with 
preaching. 

Respectfully submitted, 

S. P. CONRAD, 
D. M. AUSTIN, 
Committee. 

' The report received, and discussed by S. P. Conrad and J. Q. 
Adams, and same adopted. 

REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett made following report on Sunday schools, and' 
and same received: 

The Sunday school work commends itself to the people of the 
State, The most of our converts come from our Sunday school 
ranks, and our best church workers are trained in the Sunday 
schools. Your committee would, therefore, recommend that our 
churches wake up in the Sunday school work. 
Respectfully submitted, 

L.. R. PRUETT. 

The report discussed by J. J. McLendon and J. Q. Adams, and 
unanimously adopted. 



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Election of delegates to Southern Baptist Convention and to 
State Convention was gone into and resulted as follows: 

Delegate to Southern Baptist Convention: T. J. Renfrow, Mat- 
thews; alternate, V. O. Willis, Charlotte. 

Delegates to State Convention: Dr. A. C. Barron, D. M. Austin, 
Li. R. Pruett, J. Q. Adams, J. E. Smith, E. J. Funderburk, J. A. 
Durham, W. M. Lyles. 

W. M. Lyles was re-elected as a member of the State Board of 
Missions. 

The Finance Committee made following report, and same 
adopted: 

Received for following causes: 

Foreign Missions, ;'$25.;00. 

Home Missions, 9.73. 

State Missions, 11.85. 

Orphanage, 13.25. 

Education, 1.00 

Old Ministers, 2.00. 

Minutes, 29.55. 



Total $92.38. 

The retiring treasurer. Bit). J. A. Durham made following report, 
and same adopted: 

Received for following causes: 

Foreign Misssions, $ 4.00. 

Home Missions 7.00. 

State Missions, 12.00. 

Orphanage, 3.00. 

B. F. University, 37.21. 



Total $63.91. 



VOTE OP THANKS. 

Upon motion of L.. R. Pruett, a vote of thanks was tendered the 
good people of Arlington and vicinity for their kindness and hos- 
pitality. The moderator called for a standing vote upon this 
motion, and same was unanimously carried. 

Feeling remarks made by Bro. F. M. Hinson, T. J. Renfrow, 



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and others. The business of the Association having been finished, 
a motion made by Rev. J. Q. Adams, and carried, to adjourn, and 
after singing that old familiar hymn, "Am I a Soldier of the 
Cross," and prayer by Rev. J. Q. Adams, and the entire congrega- 
tion jcdning in a hearty handshake, the 18th annual session of 
the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association stood adjourned to 
meet with Pritchard Memorial Church, Charlotte, N. C, at 11 
o'clock a. m., Thursday before the second Sunday in September, 
1904. 

T. J. RENFROW, Moderator. 

W. M. LYLES, Clerk. 

W. B. RENFROW, Ass't Clerk. 



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Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association 




Nineteenth Annual Session, Held with Pritchard 
Memoriol Baptist Church. 



•"I904" 



Minutes of the 1 9th Annual Session 



OF THE 



Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Baptist Association 



HELD AT 

PRITCHARD MEMORIAL CHURCH, 
Charlotte, N* C^, 

September 8th, 9th and Wth, 190^, 



The next session will l)e held at Cornelius, with Hopewell church, begin- 
ning Thursday before the second Sunday in September, at 11 o'clock a. m. 
Introductory sermon by Rev. J. Q. Adams, Charlotte, N. C. Alternate, Rev. J. 
S. Bookhart, Newell. 



Directory of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association. 



Officers of the Association, 



MODERATOR, 

W. C. Dowd Charlotte, N. C. 

CLERK, 

S. F. Conrad Charlotte, N. C. 

TREASURER, 

D. W. Fink Charlotte, N. C. 

MEMBER STATE BOARD OF MISSIONS, 

W. M. Lyles Charlotte, N. C 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. Q. Adams Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. D. M. Austin Charlotte, N. C. 

W. M. Lyles Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Durham Charlotte, N. C. 

Dr. A. C. Barron Charlotte, N. C. 

DELEGATE TO SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION, 

Dr. A. C. Barron Charlotte, N. C. 

ALTERNATE, 

W. C. Dowd Charlotte, N. C. 

DELEGATES TO STATE CONVENTION, 

Rev. A. C. Barron, D. D Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. D. M, Austin Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. Q.Adams Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. E. Smith Concord, N. C. 

J. J. Ezell Charlotte, N. C. 

V. O. Willis Charlotte, N. C. 

J. A. Durham Charlotte, N. C. 

W. M. Lyles Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. C. M. Murchison Cornelius, N. C. 

T. J. Renfrow Matthews, N.C. 

W. F. Dowd Charlotte, N. C. 

R. D. Mooney Davidson, N. C. 

ORDAINED MINISTERS, 

J. W. Abernathy Matthews, N. C. 

J. Q. Adams Charlotte, N. C 

D. M. Austin Charlotte, N. C. 

A. C. Barron Charlotte, N. C. 

S. P. Conrad Charlotte, N. C. 

J. F. Davis Charlotte, N. C. 

D. F. Helms ., Charlotte, N. C. 

J. J. McLendon Indian Trail, N. C. 

J. E. Smith Concord, N. C. 

W. T. Talbirt Concord, N. C. 

A. L. Stough Pineville, N. C. 

J. S. Brookhart Newell, N. C. 



REPORT OF THE ASSOGATION, 



Charlotte, N. C, September 8th, 1904. 

The nineteenth annual session of the Mecklenburg and 
Cabarrus Association met with the Pritchard Memorial Bap- 
tist church in Charlotte, and after singing, "How firm a 
foundation, ye saints of the Lord," the meeting was led m 
prayer by Rev. J. P. Bridges, of Lincolnton. In the absence 
of Eev. J. E.Smith, the appointee to preach the introductory 
sermon, who was delayed in consequence of a wreck on the 
railroad, by request Dr. A. C. Barron addressed the body in 
a most appropriate sermon from Isaiah 52:1: "Awake! 
awake! put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautitul 
garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city." 

The sermon was followed with prayer by Rev. O. 
M Murohison. By motion Rev. S. F. Conrad was appointed 
secretary pro tem. to receive the church letters and record 
the delegates. Oq motion adjourned until 3:30 p. m. to 
effect a permanent organization of the body. Benediction 
by S. F. Conrad. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The afternoon session was opened with prayer by Rev. 
L. R. Pruett. 

The Association was called to order by T. J. Renfrow, 
the moderator. Letters were called for and delegates en- 
rolled. 

Letters were handed in from the following churches and 
the following delegates reporter' : 

Arlington— W. R. Massey, E. H. llinson and Reece 
Hagler. 

Clear Creek— L. A, Fergerson, J. 8. Piqg, J. T. Estridge 
and A. W. McManus. 

Cold Water— J. W. Connell, L. M. Fisher and J. W. 

Austin. r^ -r^ 1 

First Church, Concord— J. E. Smith, John S. Roberts, 
K. L. Seaford, John E. Wright, Charles Wright and Wm. 
Corzine. , , „ 

Friendship— A. C. Fisher, R. J. Mitchell, J. T. Mitchell 
and D. W. Thomason. 



Cornelius, (Hopewells) — C. M. Murchison, A. P. Sweet, 
E. D. Mooney and Noah Winecoff. 

Huntersville — By letter only. 

Independence Hill — S. W. Davis, I. B. Flowers and W. 
G. Wiley. 

Newell— J. A. Bookhart, L. A. Barbee, W. E. Hull and 
W. C. Sutton. 

Second Church, Concord — J. K. Grurley, F. Gr. Block- 
welder and D. M. Hawkins. 

Louise — D. F. Helms, J. A. Newton, A. B. MoKinnon 
and C. F. Childers. 

Long Creek — L. L. Grass, J. S. Underwood and J. A. 
White. 

Matthe;vs— T. J. Renfrow, J. W. Pitman, T. A. Newell 
and J. C. Helms. 

Ninth Avenue— L. R. Pruett, S.F. Conrad, J. H. Fidler, 
K. J. Boyd, Z. D. Boyd, W. M. Lyies and T. J. Sprinkle. 

Pritchard Memorial— J. Q. Adams, W. F. Dowd, V. O. 
Willis, J. J. Ezell, Z. V. Kendrick and C. W. Jones. 

Pleasant Plain — J. J. McLendon, J. E. Brown, Elgin 
Boyd and W. S. Paxton. 

Tryon Street— A. C. Barron, R. H. Jordan, J. F. Hos- 
teller, E. B. Littlefield, Willis Brown, C. G. McManaway 
and J. B. Bowden. 

Wilson Grove — J. C. Hager and J. W. Whilley. 

The Association then proceeded to the election of offi- 
cers. Dr. J. Q. Adams put in nomination for Moderator 
W. C. Dowd, of Charlotte, which was seconded by Rev. J. E. 
Smith. There being no other nominations brother Dowd 
was unanimously elected by a rising vote. Brother Dowd 
accepted the nomination by expressing his appreciation of 
the honor conferred and also .by extending to all a most cor- 
dial welcome to Charlotte. 

Cn motion of Dr. J. Q. Adams Dr. A. C Barron was 
asked to cast the vote of the Association for Rev. S. F. Con- 
rad for Clerk. Whereupon Dr. Barron, in deference to the 
wishes of S. F. Conrad, cast the vote for Rev. J. E, Smith, 
the Moderator ruling that S. F. Conrad was unanimously 
elected and the ruling so stood. 

On motion brother D. W. Fink was re-elected Treasurer. 

On motion of S. F. Conrad a committee was appointed 
consisting of S. F. Conrad, T. J. Renfrow and W. F. Dowd 
to make a digest of the church letters and to report to the 
Association. 

Dr. A. C. Barron then moved that all visiting brethren 



be invited to seats. Whereupon Rev. J. S. Farmer reported 
as the representative of the Biblical Recorder and Rev. D. P. 
Bridges, of Lincolnton, as a visitor from the South Fork 
Association. 

The Moderator then asked for nevv churches with letters 
to report. Whereupon a new church organized at Chadwick 
Mills, a new church organized at Pineville and one at Union 
Grove presented letters for admission. These applications 
were all referred to a special committee, appointed by the 
Moderator, to examine into their organization and orthodoxy 
and to report their investigations to this body The M^ode- 
rator appointed as this committed Rev. D. M Austin, Rev. 
J. E. Smith and Rev. J. F. Davis. 

Pending the report of this com.mittee the Moderator 
called upon the former Moderator, T. J. Renfrow, for a speech 
to which he responded in words of encouragement. 

COMMITTEE ON ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

The Moderator then appointed on order of business the 
following committee: Drs. Adams, Barron and Pruett, who 
submitted the following partial report: 

4:30 p. m — Periodicals. 

8:00 p. m. — Introductory sernion. 

8:45 p. m. — Report on temperance. 

The committee to report on the new churches applying 
for admission then came in and unanimously favored their 
reception. The delegates were invited forward and given 
the right hand of fellowship by the Moderator, followed by 
the entire Association. 

The Moderator then appointed Z. V. Kendrick, J. A. 
Durham and D. F. Helms as a finance committee. 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

The newspaper, as a medium of information, is indispensably necessary, 
and as an educator is of inestimable importance. No people can be an ag- 
gressive people who do not read, and no individual church member can be an 
aggressive Christian without proper information as to the work being done. 

It is highly important to discriminate between the cheap, trashy literature 
of our time and the literature which elevates and purifies the life. Bad read - 
ing matter is more destructive than unwholesome food, because one has to 
do with the physical an*the other the spiritual man. 

The denominational paper can be effective only as it is read, and the 
problems of the age is how to enlist our people in reading our own papers. 
Eor good and wholesome reading and for widening the scope of the knowledge 
of our people we can claim, without boasting, that the papers representing 
our denominational life and work are unsurpassed. For editorial ability tney 
are equal to the best. We, therefore, most heartily recommend the Biblical 



Recorder, North Carolina Baptist, Charity and Children, the Foreign Mission 
Journal, the Home Field and Periodical Literature of the Board as each fill- 
ing important places in our denominational life and work. 

S. F. CONRAD. 

The report on periodicals was called for and read by 
S. F. Conrad, who yieJded the floor to Rev. J. S. Farmer, the 
representative of the Biblical Recorder, who discussed the 
report and was followed by S. F. Conrad, representing the 
North Carolina Baptist. 

After announcements AssociaUon adjourned by bene- 
diction until night. 

NIGHT SESSION. 

The body met and was opened by singing and scripture 
reading by Rev. J. E. Smith and was led in prayer by Rev. 
J. F. Davis. Brother Smith, the appointee to preach the 
introductory sermon, then announced as his text Isaiah 
60:11: "Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; 
they shall not be shut day nor night," The subject discussed 
was "the establishment, exultation and triumph of the 
church." 

After the sermon the report on temperance was called 
for and read by W. M. Lyles as follows: 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

The temperance cause in North Carolina since the State election twenty- 
three years ago has made most rapid progress, and one county after another 
has abolished saloons until quite a large number of the largest and most pop- 
ulous counties m the State, by action of its citizens, by petitions for legislative 
enactments and by popular vote have abolished the licensed sale of liquor. 
Among these we mention Cleveland, Gaston, Cabarrus, Lincoln, Union, Scot- 
land, Cumberland, Robeson, Sampson, Bladen, Pender, Columbus, Onslow, Dup- 
lin, Harnett, Chatham and others. Under the Watts law and since the elimina- 
tion of the colored vote a large majority of the towns in the State have voted 
to abolish the licensed sale of liquor. This great reform has largely been 
brought about bv the gradual growth of temperance sentiment among the 
churches and the attitude assumed toward the licensed liquor traffic by the 
religious denominations in the State. 

It is stated on good authority that nineteen gallons and over of intoxicants 
are consumed ill this country annually for every man, woman and child in the 
nation, and 80,000 of our American citizenship are slain every year by the drink 
habit, 75 per cent, of the orphans in our asylums are there from liquor, and 
that 85 per cent, of the crime before our criminal courts, and also that 75 per 
cent, of the convicts in our prisons are there from this cause. In view of the 
enormity of the evils arising from this cause, we, therefore, urge our people 
not to cease their efforts against the traffic until it is driven from the State. 
We also urge that as soon as it is practicable to seek for a constitutional 
amendment abolishing its license, manufacture and sale from the State, and 
also to withhold their suffrage from men who are the open advocates of its 
licensed sale. 



This report was discussed by S. F. Oonrad and Dr. A. C. 
Barron, after which it was unanimously adopted. 

The committee on order of business then made a further 
report : 

Friday, 9:30 to 10 a. m. — Devotional exercises, by J. J. 
McLendon, 

10 to 1 p. m. — State and Associational Missions. 

The Association was then adjourned with benediction 
by Rev. J. L. Stough. 



Association met at 9:30 a. m. Devotional exercises were 
conducted by J. J. M.-Lenden, after which the body was 
called to order by W. 0. Dowd, the moderator. The minutes 
of the first day's session were read and approved. 

The Moderator recognized in the audience Prof. J. B. 
Oarlyle, of Wake Forest College, Rev. J. B. Boone, the gen- 
eral manager of the Orphanage at Thomasville, Archibald 
Johnson, editor of Charity and Children, and Rev. L. John- 
son, Secretary of the Board of Missions, all of whom were 
welcomed to seats in the Association. 

The report on State Missions was then called for and 
read by Dr. A. C. Barron. It was discussed by Rev. L. John- 
son, Dr. A. C. Barron, A. Johnson, Prof. J. B. Carlyle, Rev. 
A. L. Stough and many others, Brother Stough reported the 
progress of the work at Pineville, Rev. C. M. Murchison 
spoke of the encouraging work at Chadwick, Huntersville 
and Cornelius, Rev. J. S. Bookhart, spoke of the promising 
work at Newell, Dr. J. Q. Adams spoke of the marvelous 
work done at Pritchard Memorial, Rev. L. R. Pruett told of 
the great achievements at Ninth Avenue, Rev. J. E. Smith 
spoke of the great progress of the work at the First church 
in Concord, Rev. D. P. Bridges reviewed the remarkable 
progress of missions in the South Fork Association, W. T. 
Talbirt spoke of the rapid growth of the work at the Second 
church in Concord. This was one of the most spirited and 
enthusiastic meetings of the whole session and resulted in 
pledges for the State mission work amounting to $821.00. 
This great discussion and pledges was followed by the whole 
Association rising and singing the doxology. The report 
was most enthusiastically adopted and pledges taken. (See 
table of pledges.) 

* - REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

Enlargement needs to "be written large on the work of State missions for 
this year. Enlargement was in the very air at the Charlotte convention last 



8 

December. State missions is the very basis of all our missionary and benev- 
olent work, for it is only as we have growing and liberal churches at horns' 
that the general work can prosper. The growth of Interest in State missions 
in the last ten years has been remarkable. Year by year we have advanced in 
our gifts to this cause until now we have arranged our work on the basis of 
$30,000 for 1904. This large amount must be raised this year, and a still larger 
sum for the year following. North Carolina has taken its position in the 
front rank of States doing large things for the cause of State missions. Only 
two or three States in the Southern Baptist Convention raise larger sums and 
employ more missionaries than our board. 

Enlargement, too. is the key-word for Associational missions. We must 
do larger things in our own boundaries. The Baptist cause, v^hile it has grown 
in this Association, has not kept pace with the material growth of our section. 
There is a marvelous increase of wealth and population in the bounds of our 
Association. People are coming from every section into our towns and cities, 
and manufacturing enterprises are springing up like magic on every hand. 
Baptists must keep step with this growth and it must be quick-step. The lag- 
gard pace of the past will not do. 

The Executive Board of the Association have felt this deeply and so deter- 
mined at the beginning of the year to take decided steps forward. About $600 
had been expended annually by the State Board on the Mecklenburg and Ca- 
barrus Association. It was felt by our board that we must have some new 
missionaries located in our boundaries and devote themselves wholly to the 
work of developing our smaller churches and planting new interests. So a 
proposition was made to the State Board for an expenditure of one thousand 
dollars this year on this field. We off ered to raise from our churches $700 of 
this amount if the State Board would add the sum of $300. This the board 
generously agreed to and we are now working under this arrangement— that 
is the expenditure by the board on this field of $1,000, provided $700 of this sum 
is raised here. Under this arrangement some new men have been brought 
on the field, who are doing some fine work, and others will be brought as soon 
as the churches raise their quoto. Brethren, this must be done, or our cause 
thrown back for years. If we can continue this generous arrangement with 
the State Board for five years we will then see the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association one of the strongest in the State. 

In order to stimulate this movement to raise $700 this year one of our 
churches agreed to raise one-half of this sum; that Is, $350. There are now 20 
other churches in the Association with an aggregate membership of over 2,700. 
Surely these 20 churches and 2,700 members can raise as much as this one 
church of 500 members. Does it not seem reasonable ? If every church will do 
its best— if every member of our churches will realize their responsibility (and 
this they will do if the pastors will faithfully and perseveringly press this 
matter) there will be no lack. Indeed we can do far better than raise $700 
for State missions, especially in view of the fact that the whole sum and $300 
in addition will be expended on our field. Your committee hope the churches 
will immediately raise their quotos. 

A. C. Barron, Chairman. 

The Moderator then announced the following committees : 
On Time and Place— Kev, 0. M. Mnrchison, Rev. J. E. 

Smith and T. J. Renfrow. 

On Religious Exercises — Dr. J. Q. Adams, Dr. A. C. 

Barron and Rev. L. R. Pruett, 

Execuiive Committee — Rev. L. R. Pruett, J. Q. Adams, D. 

M. Austin, W. M. Lyles, J. A. Durham and A. 0. Barron. 



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The committee then annotinced the further order of 
business: 

■ FRIDAY, 

3:30 to 4:30 p. m. — Orphanage. 

8:00 p. m.— Foreign Missions and Education. 

SATURDAY. 

9:30 to 10:00 a. m.— Devotional Exercises, by Rev. J. S. 
Farmer. 

10:00 to 11:00 a. m.— Home Missions. 

11:00 to 12 a. m.— Sunday Schools. 

l2:00 to 1:00 p. m.— Ministers Relief and Miscellaneous 
Business. 

Association then adjourned with benediction by Rev. L. 
Johnson. 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON. 

The evening session was opened with prayer by Rev. 
J. B. Boone. The Moderator then called the body to oraer 
and asked for the reading of the minuces of the morning 
session, which were read and approved. 

The Moderator recognized in the body Rev. J. W. 
Wheeler of the M. E. Church, who addressed the Associa- 
tion with a few remarks. The report on the Orphanage was 
then called for. 

The report was read by Dr. J. Q. Adams, who waived 
its discussion in behalf of Rev. J. B. Boone, the General 
Manager, who prefaced his remarks by reading Psalm 68:5 
— "A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is 
God in his holy habitation." After some comments upon 
the significance of this passage he reviewed the work of the 
Orphanage, telling of its struggles and triumphs and of its 
marvelous progress and growth. 

Archibald Johnson spoke of "Charity and Children" 
and its relation to the Orphanage work. He was followed 
by words of commendation by Prof. J. B. Carlyle, Dr. 
Adams and J. J. McLendon, also by Rev. L Johnson, who 
spoke of the splendid equipment of the Orphanage and the 
work it is doing. 

The report was adopted and pledges taken. (See table of 
pledges.) 



10 

REPORT ON THE ORPHANAGE. 

* "An infant crying in the night, 

An infant crying for the light, 
And no language hut a cry." 

Nothing appeals to the human heart more strongly than the cry of a little 
child, and intensity is added to the appeal if it be the cry of an orphan child. 

The Baptists of North Carolina have heard the cry of the orphan children 
of the state, and they have established, at Thomasville, an asylum where 
shelter and protection and education is furnished many of these homeless 
ones. 

From a small beginning our Orphanage has grown to be the largest insti- 
tution of its kind in the state, with 17 matrons and teachers, 300 orphans and 
8 substantial and well furnished buildings. Its equipment lias been augment- 
ed from time to time until now, in all respects, we have an institution of 
which we are justly proud. 

Our Orphanage is doing a great and a Christ-like work and we commend 
it to the hearty support of our churches and Sunday-schools. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. Q. Adams. 

The question of pledging the churches provoked con- 
Biderable discussion which was finally put to a vote, by Rev. 
L. R. Pruett moving that the plan of apportionment be con- 
tinued, which was lost. On motion of Rev. 8. F. Conrad, 
the Association adopted the plan of taking pledges. 

REPORTS FOR NEXT SESSION. 

The Moderator announced the following brethren to 
prepare reports for the next session of the body: 

Report on Foreign Missions — Dr. J. Q. Adams. 
Report on Home Missions — Dr. A. C. Barron. 
Report on State Missions — Rev. C. M. Murchison. 
Report on Orphanage — J. A. Durham. 
Report on Periodicals — Rev. J. F. Davis. 
Report on Ministerial Relief— Rev. W. T. Talbirt. 
Report on Sunday Schools — T. S. Franklin. 
Report on Education — Rev. L. R. Pruett. 
Report on Temperance — T. J. Renfrow. 
Adjourned by benediction. 

NIGHT SESSION. 

The Association met at 8 p. m., and was led in prayer 
by Rev. D. P. Bridges. The Moderator then called the body 
to order. 

Rev. Charles E. Burts of Edgefield, S. C, was recog- 
nized in the audience and welcomed to a seat, as was also 
Prof. Alaxander Graham, Superintendent of the Graded 
Schools of Charlotte. 



11 

The report on For«^M'gn Missions was then read by Eev. 
J. E. Smith of Concord. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN ML^SIONS. 

Our Foreign Mission Board makes a fine report to the churclies of the Con- 
vention this year. $347,629.69 were contributed, tlie largest amount ever re- 
ceived. 138 missionaries and 215 native helpers have heen employed. There 
has Ibeen 2,076 baptisms from 138 churches having a membership of 9,969. 

Seven Theological Training Schools are instructing 70 students for evange 
listic work. Printing houses in Canton and Brazil are sending out thousands 
of tracts and booklets. Two hospitals and some dispensaries have been es- 
tablished and are becoming very popular. The 43 day schools enroll 1,055 pu- 
pils and the 53 Sunday-schools enroll 2,142. 

North Carolina last year gave $16,865.70, a gain of $1,334.50 over the previous 
year. It is expected that our contributions will reach almost $20,000 this year. 
They certainly should after such glorious results and in the midst of such 
prosperous times. The churches are becoming more missionary in spirit. 
This is manifested not only in their gifts, but in the interest taken in mission 
literature. The pastors of each association, who together visit the churches, 
are doing much to quicken the interest in missionary work. It is to be hoped 
that this work will be continued. Respectfully submitted, 

J. E. Smith. 

The report was discussed by Rev. J. E. Smith and Dr. 
A. 0. Barron, and adopted and pledges taken. (See table ot 
pledges.) 

The report on Education was next taken up The re- 
port was read by W. 0. Dowd, who invited Dr. A. 0. Barron 
to the chair during the consideration of the report. 

W..0. Dowd introduced to the audience Prof. J. B. Car- 
lyle of Wake Forest College, who spoke on the college and 
its work. Prof Carlyle announced ids purpose to dwell up- 
on the possessions, purposes and prospects of the college, 
which he did to the delight of the association. 

The report was adopted and pledges taken. (See table 
of pledges.) 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

Happily in this day and time in North Carolina it is not so necessary as 
formerly to urge the advantages of an education. Our people have been 
thoroughly aroused upon this subject, and opportunities for acquiring an ed- 
ucation have been greatly multiplied. Baptist forefathers were wise and far- 
seeing when they established Wake Forest College. The educated Christian 
man is the most poteu* factor in the State and the church. The thousands of 
such men turned out by Wake Forest College have helped to make North Car- 
olina what she is, and to that institution more than any other is due the fact 
that there are a host of 180,000 Baptists in the State today. What Wake For- 
est has been doing for our boys all these years, the Baptist University for 
Women is now doing for our girls. If there is any individual who wields a 
wider and better influence in church and State than an educated Christian 
man, it is an educated Christian woman. Out of such homes will coine the men 
and women of the future. We commend both these great schools and our asso- 



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ciational schools, to the Baptist hoys and girls of this Association. We urge 
parents to patronize them whenever possible. Let us all rememher that the 
best heritage we can leave our children is the example of a consistent Chris- 
tian life; and let us remember that the best thing we can do for them here is 
to give them a good education under Christian influences. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. C. DowD. 

Dr. Adams then made the following announcements for 
Sunday: 

Dr. A. C. Barron to preach at Pritchard Memorial at 11 
a, m., while he would preach at Tryon Street. 

At 8 p. m., Rev. L. R. Pruett to prepch at Pritchard 
Memorial and he would preach at Ninth Avenue. 

Adjourned by benediction. 

Saturday's session, 

The Assodiation met at 9:30 and was led in devotional 
exercises by Rev. J. S. Farmer, after which the body was 
called to order by the Moderator. 

Rev. O. M. Murr^hison submitted the report on Time, 
Place and Preacher for the next session, The report pro- 
voked some discussion as to time, when the present time of 
meeting was continued and the report adopted. 

REPORT ON TIME AND PLACE. 

Place — Cornelius. 

Time— Thursday before the 2nd Sunday in September. 

Preacher — Rev. J. Q. Adams; alternate Rev. J. S. Book- 
hart. 

The report on Sunday Schools was then called for, 3nd 
read by W. D. Adams. Report adopted without discussion. 

REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

At this present day it would seem needless to urge the vital importance 
of Sunday-schools to our churches. This idea however, is a mistaken one, for 
if we take up the minutes of any of our old established Associations, we will 
find that quite a large per cent, of our churches have no Sunday-schools. It 
is necessary therefore to say with all emphasis that there is no work on which 
the welfare of our churches more depends. As a denomination we have always 
stood for education in all its phases. Our Sunday-schools furnish the moral 
and spiritual training for those who are to fill the positions of trust and re- 
sponsibility among us. Our most active and zealous church members, our 
most thoroughly consecrated men and women as well as our foremost Bible 
scholars are those who have been reared under the supervision and direct in- 
fluence of our Sunday-schools. How important then is this work. Can we 
conceive of a poor church with a good Sunday-school or of a good one 
without one. The practical problems of Sunday-school work are many and 
difficult. How may we enlist the whole church in the work? Hold our young 
men and young women, secure the proper teaching force, are merely a few of 
these perplexing questions. As an association of individual churches let 



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each and everyone bestir themselves that during the coming year we may 
give this department of our work its rightful and proper place. 

Respectfully submitted. 
W, D. Adams. 

The report on Home Missions was called for and was 
read by Rev. D. M. Austin. The report was discussed by 
Rev. D. M. Austin, Rev. S, F. Conrad, Dr. A. Barron, 
Bro. A. Johnson and others. " The report elicited a lively 
discussion on the policy of the Home Board and its work of 
evangelization among the colored people. The report A^as 
adopted and pledges taken. (See table of pledges.) 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

Home Missions should have the hearty support of all who desire the well- 
being of needy humanity. This board endeavors to educate the people, in 
many sections, by aiding in the construction of school buildings. In our 
State this feature of the work seems to be advancing nicely, under the leader- 
ship of A. E. Brown. Many schools worthy of mention are doing good in the 
mountains of our State. This board has had much to do with the establishing 
of churches in the towns and cities of the Southern Convention. Cuba and 
the Indian Territory ha\'e also felt the beneficent help of the Home Board. 
The colored population in the Southern States have been kindly remembered 
and probably helped thereby. Our State Convention pledged to this Board $10,- 
000 for the present year's work. Much money could be well spent by the Home 
Board in this great Southern country. The multitude who are yearly coming 
to our country ought to be met with a gospel message. Six hundred and six- 
teen Missionaries were employed last year, and 7,526 baptisms were reported 
and 714 Sunday-schools organized. The value of this work does not compute 
with figures, but we may be able to appreciate it more in the light of the prom- 
ised new day. Respectfully submitted, 

D. M. Austin. 

The report on Ministerial Relief was next read by Rev. 
L. R. Pruett, and after some remarks by Bro. Pruett, was 
adopted and pledges taken. (See table ot pledges.) 

REPORT ON MINISTERIAL RELIEF. 

The Baptist State Convention about ten years ago saw that some action 
ought to be taken to relieve the infirm and indigent ministers of the State, so 
the Convention appointed a board consisting of ten brethren to take this mat- 
ter in hand. This board was located in Durham, N. C. Rev. C. J. Thompson 
is now President and Rev. J. F. McDuffle is the Corresponding Secretary. 
About twenty were aided last year, at an expenditure of a little more than 
$1,000. It is the duty of the younger and stronger to help the older and weak- 
er. The aiding of these old ministers is a service rendered unto Christ, for He 
says, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my breth- 
ren, ye have done it unto me." 

L. R. Pruett. 

The report of the Finance Committee was then r^ad and 
approved. 

After some discussion as to the shortage of the minute 
fund and as how to meet it, the Association, by motion, or- 
dered the treasurer, D. W. Fink, to pay over to the clerk an 



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amount snfficient, out of the funds for missions, to make ifc 
$40.00. 

Rev. D. M. Austin moved that the clerk be paid ten dol- 
lars for his services, which was adopted. 

RESOLUTION OF THANKS. 

Archibald Johnson offered the following resolution, 
which was adopted: 

Resolved, Tliat this Association return its heartfelt thanks to the Baptist 
people of Charlotte and other friends of the community for their generous 
hospitality, and to the press of Charlotte for its full and accurate reports of 
the proceedings of the body. 

W. M. Lyles also offered the following resolution: 

Resolved, That it is the sense of this Association, that each church within 
its bounds urge and insist upon their delegates to the next Association to re- 
main until the close of its business session. 

Rev. S. F. Conrad then announced his inability to com- 
plete the report on Digest of Church Letters, owing to his 
pressing duties as clerk. By motion he was ordered to pre- 
pare it and report it in the minutes. 

DELEGATES TO THE CONVENTIONS. 

The Model ator, by order of the Association, appointed 
Dr. A. C, Barron delegate to the Southern Baptist Conven- 
tion, with W. C. Dowd as alternate. 

The following brethren were appointed to the State 
Convention at Elizabeth City: Dr. A. C. Barron, Dr. J. Q. 
Adams, Rev. L.R. Pruett, Rev. J. E Smith, Rev. C. M. 
Murchison. Rev. D. M. Austin, W. M. Lyles, T. J. Renfrew, 
W. F, Dowd, J. A. Durham, R. D. Mooney, Rev. J. A. Book- 
hart, V. O. Willis and J. J. Ezell. 

The treasurer's report was read and received, as follows: 

TREASURER'S REPORT. 
Received for the following causes: 

State Missions $45 10 

Foreign Missions 4 30 

Home Missions 7 00 

Orphanage : 5 00 

Old Ministers Relief 3 00 

Education 1 00 

Total $65 40 

Respectfully submitted, 

D. W. Fink, Treasurer. 

After many words, of the high appreciation of the meet- 
ing, by many brethren, and a hearty shaking of hands, the 
Assocjiation adjourned. 



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OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. 

MODERATOR, 
W. C. Dowd Charlotte, N.C. 

CLERK, 
W. M. Lyles Charlotte, N. C. 

TREASURER, 
D. W. Fink Charlotte, N. C. 

MEMBER STATE BOARD OF MISSIONS, 
Y7. M. Lyles Charlotte, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, 

Rev. J. Q. Adams, Chairman Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. R. H. Herring , . Concord, N. C. 

J. A. Durham Charlotte, N. C. 

W. F. Dowd Charlotte, N. C. 

DELEGATE TO SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION, 
Rev. R. H. Herring Concord, N. C. 

ALTERNATE, 
Rev. J. F. Davis Charlotte, N. C. 

DELEGATES TO STATE CONVENTION, 

Rev. J. Q. Adams ' Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. R. H. Herring Concord, N. C. 

ORDAINED MINISTERS, 

J. W. Abernathy Matthews, N. C. 

J. Q. Adams Charlotte, N. C. 

D. M. Austin Charlotte, N. C. 

J. M. Bridges Newell, N. C. 

S. F. Conrad Charlotte, N. C. 

J. F. Davis Charlotte, N. C. 

D. F. Helms Charlotte, N. C. 

R. H. Herring Concord, N. C. 

J. J. McLendon Indian Trail, N. C. 

C. M. Murchison Cornelius, N. C. 

L. R. Pruett Charlotte, N. C. 

W. B. Renfrew ..." Matthews, N. C. 

J. W. Snider Concord, N. C. 

W. T. Talbirt Concord, N. C. 

A. W. Wilcox Mooresville, N. C. 



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The twentieth annual session of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association met with the church at Cornelius on Thursday, Septem- 
ber 7th, at 11 o'clock a. m. The meeting was opened by devotional 
exercises led by Rev. S. F. Conrad, and prayer by Rev. J. Q. Adams. 
After a retrospective view of the work by Rev. S. F. Conrad, and 
the hopeful outlook for the future, the meeting was called to order 
by the former Moderator, Mr. W. C. Dowd. 

Upon motion of W. M. Lyles, the permanent organization 
was deferred until the afternoon sassion. The Moderator announced 
the following committee on order of business: Rev. C, M. Murchi- 
son, Rev. J. Q. Adams and W. M. Ly^es. 

Rev. C. M. Murchison, pastor of Cornelius Church, offered some 
remarks upon the Association, and the expectations entertained as 
to its coming, and what he hoped it would be and, at his suggestion 
Rev. J. S. Farmer, representing the "Biblical Recorder," was asked 
to make some remarks upon the work by other Associations which 
had met. Dr. J. Q. Adams followed in some general remarks upon 
recent encouraging revival meetings he had attended. The Modera- 
tor followed in some words of congratulation upon the splendid 
house built at Cornelius, and the fine feeling existing between the 
denominations, and also as to the progress of the work in a general 
way in Charlotte and in bounds of the Association. By request of 
Bro. C. M. Murchison, Rev. S. F. Conrad led in special prayer in 
behalf of Rev. L. P. Pruett, who was detained at home by sickness, 
after which the morning session was adjourned until 2 p. m. 

• THURSDAY AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The meeting called to order by the Moderator, and led in prayer 
by Rev. R. H. Herring. The Moderator announced the first thing 
in order to be the calling the roll of churches. Upon roll-call it 
was learned that all the churches were represented except Chad- 
wick, Long Creek and Pineville. Permanent organization was ef- 
fected as follows: Moderator, W. C. Dowd; Clerk, W. M. Lyles; 
Treasurer, D. W. Fink. The committe en order of business appoint- 
ed at the morning session made the following partial report: 

Thursday, 3 p. m. — Periodicals. 

Thursday, 8 p. m. — Introductory Sermon, by Rev. J. Q. Adams. 

Thursday, 9 p. m. — Repor on Orphanage, and adjourn at will. 

The call for church letters was made, and the following churches 
responded and messengers duly enrolled: 

Arlington — A. R. Hartis, W. M. Connell, E. H. Williams and 
E. H. Hinson. 

Clear Creek— H. W. Plgg, L. S. Helms and J. S. Pigg. 

Cold Water— J. W. Connell and J. D. Smith. 

Cornelius — Charles Mooney, Columbus Sweet, Charles Hudge- 
peth and C. A. Murchison. 

First Church, Charlotte^W. C. Dowd and J. A. Durham. 

First Church, Concord — A. W. Morgan and J. D. McLester. 

Friendship — J. T. Michell, C. Garrison and R. J. Mitchell. 

Huntersville — C. M. Murchison. 



Independence Hill — J. B. Flowers, Silas Davis and H. B. Black- 
in on, 

Louise — J. A. Newton, John H. Allen and G. C. Ivery. 

Matthews — J. C. Helms. 

Newells — L. A. Barbee and W. E. Hull. 

Ninth Avenue— R. J. Boyd, Rev. S. F. Conrad, J. H. Fidler, D 
VV. Fink ana W. M. Lyles. 

Pleasant Plains — W. S. Paxton and J. E. Broom. 

Prichard Memorial— W. F. Dowd, J. J. Ezell, Z. V. Kendrick, 
J. Q. Adams and R. E. Poole. 

Rock Hill— M. H. Carter and R. B. Little. 

Second Church, Concord — L. W. Hansell and T. C. Hunneycutt. 

Union Grove — J. C. Hager and A. W. Wilcox. 

Wilson's Grove— W. R. S nail, P. C. Mullis and A. L. Pigg. 

The Moderator recognized Brethren J. S. Farmer, of the "Bibli- 
cal Recorder," Rev. G. P. Harrell, of the "Orphanage," and Rev. 
R. J. Blackmon, of South Carolina, and they were welcomed into 
our midst. Motion was made by Dr. Adams, and carried, that a 
committee on "Digest of Church Letters" be appointed, and the 
following were named as such committee: Rev. S. F. Conrad, Dr. 
J. Q. Adams and Rev. R. H, Herring. The Moderator announced 
that the hour had come for the report on Periodicals, and same 
was read by Rev. J. F. Davis as follows: 

"What food is to the human system, literature is to the mind 
of man. If food vv^hich is unv/hoiesome be eaten, sickness and per- 
haps death will follow, but if the food be good, the result will be 
good health and a vigorous mind. If we read good, sound litera- 
ture, our minds and souls will be benefited, but if we read corrupt, 
trashy literature, such as dime novels, etc., our minds will be cor- 
rupt and our character injured. We ought, therefore, to be careful 
vv^hat we place in our homes to be read by our families. Our denomi- 
national papers. The Recorder, The North Carolina Baptist, Charity 
and Children, Foreign Mission Journal, Our Home Field, and the 
literature of the Baptist Sunday School Board are good and sound, 
and filled with helpful information for every member of the family. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. F. DAVIS, Com. 

Report received and discussed by Rev. J. F. Davis, Rev. J. S. 
Farmer, Rev. G. P. Harrell, Rev. S. F. Conrad, Rev. J. Q. Adams, 
W. M. Lyles and W. C. Dowd. Report adopted. 

The Moderator announced the following committees: 

Time, Place and Preacher — Rev. R. H. Herring, Rev. J. Q. Ad- 
ams and Mr. J. C. Helms. 

The pastor and deacons of Cornelius Church were named as a 
committee on religious exercises. 

The Moderator appointed J. Q. Adams, Jr., to report on educa- 
tion in place of Rev. L. R. Pruett, and Rev. J. F. Davis to read re- 
port on home missions, and Rev. J. M. Bridges to read report on 
temperance. 

Motion was made to adjourn until 8 p. m. Benediction by Rev. 
J. M. Bridges. 

THURSDAY EVENING SESSION. 
8 p. m. 

Meeting called to order by the Moderator and prayer by Rev, 
J. F. Davis, and after singing song No. 494, Dr. J. Q. Adams preached 

from Luke, 38th chapter, 6th verse. 



Tlie committee on order of business made the following partial 
report for Friday session: 

9:30 a. m.— Devotional exercises by Rev. R. H. Herring. 

10 a. m. — Miscellaneous business. 

10:30 a, m. — State Missions, by Rev. C. M. Murchison. 

Adjourn at will. 

The Moderator announced that in the absence of Mr. J. A. Dur- 
ham, who was to read the report on the Orphanage, that it would 
loe read by W. M. Lyles, and was made as follows: 

REPORT ON ORPHANAGE. 

We feel that it is hardly necessary to make an elaborate re- 
port on this, the institution that is, or ought to be, near the heart 
of every Baptist within our bounds. It is with pride that we point to 
the excellent condition of all the affairs connected with the institu- 
tion, and the untiring efforts of the excellent board of trustees, as 
well as the officers in charge of the various phases of the work. 
When we remember the many bright days brought into the lives 
of many fatherless children under our care, and who have been 
since its organization, we more fully realize the "labor of love" 
that we, as a great denomination, are engaged in. The scores of lit- 
tle ones who have had the protection thrown around them, and the 
spiritual training they have received, will stand throughout the 
years to come as a monument to the great work being done, and 
the increased demands being made upon the institution calls for a 
more united effort upon the part of the great army of Baptists in 
our State. Therefore, we need the prayers of our people to aid in 
meeting these great demands. 

We remember the great epedemic of fever that so recently 
swept over the orphanage, and which might have been more dis- 
astrous than it was, and we feel grateful to "Him who doeth all things 
well," who stretched forth His hand and arrested the scourge that 
at one time looked so threatening to the many children. 

We also note with pleasure the construction of such a splendid 
system of water works and sewerage. It is confidently believed that 
this system will largely decrease the causes that might lead to a 
recurrence of the dreaded fever. This construction has been placed 
at a very heavy expense, and we now have a debt of about $11,000.00 
confronting us, which should be paid off as rapidly as possible. 
Therefore, we urge our people, especially the members of the M. 
and C. Association, to redouble their efforts, and increase their 
pledges to the orphanage, thereby helping such a worthy cause. 
God has greatly blessed us in the orphanage work, and we should 
go forward with greater zeal and energy than ever before. 

Brethren, we see our duty. Shall we perform that duty? 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. M. LYLES 

Report received and discussed by Rev. G. P. Harrell and W. M. 
Lyles. Report adopted and pledges taken amounting to $390.00, 
and a cash collection taken and $6.25 realized. Motion made and 
carried to adjourn, and benediction by Rev. J. S. Parmer. 

MORNING SESSION— FRIDAY. 

9:30 a. m. 

Devotional exercises conducted by Rev. R. H. Herring. 

10 a. m. In the absence of the Moderator, Rev. J. Q. Adams 

was chosen as Moderator pro tern and called the Association to 

order. Mr. D. W, Fink, Treasurer, made report of funds passing 



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through his hands since last Association, and the same was accept- 
ed as follows: 

For State Missions $57.81 

For Foreign Missions 14.05 

For Home Missions 8 . 05 

For Orphanage 3.00 

For Ministerial Education 2 . 57 

Total $85.48 

The Moderator appointed the following committee to name an 
Executive Board for the coming year: Rev. S. F. Conrad, Rev. C. 
M. Murchison and Z. V. Kendrick. He also named the following as 
the Finance Committee: J. J. Ezell, W. E. Hull and J. T. Mitchell. 
Motion made by Rev. C. M. Murchison, and carried, that the Mod- 
erator name a committee of three to draft suitable resolutions upon 
the death of Dr. A. C. Barron, and upon the suggestion of Brother 
Conrad, Dr. J. Q. Adams was made chairman of said committee, and 
the following brethren added: Rev. C. M. Murchison and Rev. R. H, 
Herring. The committee was requested to prepare the same by the 
night session, and 9 o'clock was named as the hour when the memo- 
rial service was to be held. The clerk was instructed to forward 
a copy of the resolutions to the family of Dr. Barron. The Modera- 
tor appointed Mr. W. F. Dowd to read the report on Sunday Schools, 
in the absence of Mr. T. S. Franklin. 

The Moderator announced that the hour had come for the report 
on State Missions, and the same was read by Rev. C. M. Murchison, 
as follows: 

"The growth of our denomination since the active 
work of the State Mission Board began has been quite marvelous 
indeed. When the division took place that carried our anti-mis- 
sionary brethren away to assume a separate orga.nization of their 
own, the two factions were about equal in number. They have not 
grown numerically — scarcely have they held their own — while we 
have twenty-three times as many in number. 

"Not all, of course, but very much of this wonderful growth, 
has been due to the energetic and self-sacrificing labors of the mis- 
sionaries of the State Board. No department of the work commends 
itself more to the churches of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Asso- 
ciation than this just now. 

"We have many weak churches, and much unoccupied territory 
within our bounds needing help from the more able churches of the 
State. Indeed ours is a fertile soil. The Board expends $1,000.00 
within our bounds, $300.00 more than we raise ourselves among all 
our churches. 

"In the State we have 123 missionaries of the Board — 9 in our 
own Association — Adams, Davis, Pruett, Stough. Bridges, Talbirt, 
Murchison and others. Two or three of these will not ask aid from 
the Board again this year. We not only need more money and men, 
but the cause demands that we build some church houses just as 
soon as possible. At Huntersville we must have a house of some 
kind under way before the present year is gone. There are other 
points just as needful of help as this one. The effort is to raise 
this year $30,000.00 for State Missions in the entire State. May 
we acquit ourselves like men. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. M. MURCHISON, Com. 

Report received and discussed by Rev. C. M. Murchison, Rev, 



J. F. Davis, Rev. J. M. Bridges, Rev. W. T. Talbirt, Rev. Hight C. 
Moore, W. F. Dowd and J. J. Ezel], and pledges taken to the amount 
of $718.00. 

The Moderator appointed the following committee to name del- 
egates to the State Convention: Rev. J. M. Bridges, Rev. W. T. 
Talbirt and A. W. Morgan. 

The Committee on Order of Business made the following re- 
port : 

1:00 o'clock p. m. — Report on Temperance. 

2:40 p. m. — Report of Committee on State of the Churches. 

3:15 p. m. — Report of Committee on Time, Place and Preacher. 

8:00 p. m. — Report on Foreign Missions. 

9:00 p. m. — Memorial service to Dr. A. C. Barron. 

Motion was made and carried to adjourn until 2 o'clock. Bene- 
diction by Rev. J. F. Davis. 

AFTERNOON SESSION— FRIDAY. 

Association called to order by the Moderator at 2:00 o'clock 
and led in prayer by Rev. R. J. Blackmon. 

The Moderator called Dr. Adams to the chair for a few minutes 
time in which to present the matter of the Associational School lo- 
cated at Arlington, and after he had done so, the Trustees were 
authorized to dispose of this property to the best advantage. Re- 
marks were made by Rev. J. Q. Adams, E. H. Williams, Rev. C. M. 
Murchison and Rev. W. T. Talbirt. 

Upon request, leave of absence was granted Rev. W. T. Talbirt. 

The Moderator announced that the regular order of business 
would now be considered and announced that the report on tem- 
perance would be read, and Rev. .J. M. Bridges submitted the fol- 
lowing report: 

Temperance is one of the fundamental principles of the Nevv^ 
Testament teaching. Strong drink is raging, and whosoever is 
deceived thereby is not wise. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but 
understanding what the will of the Lord is, and not be drunk with 
wine, wherein is excess, bu be filled with the Spirit. Eph. 5-17 and 
18. Let us press forward to victory until strong drink will not be 
used as a beverage by our members, and the illicit sale of it driven 
out of our land. Submitted, 

J. M. BRIDGES, Com. 
Report received and same discussed by Rev. J. M. Bridges and 
Rev. R. J. Blackmon. Report aaopted. 

The Moderator recognized Rev. J. M. Grier, pastor of the Pres- 
byterian Church, and welcomed him in our midst. Mr. Grier spoke 
encouragingly of the work being done in this section of our Associa- 
tion. 

The Committee on State of the Churches made report, and, 
after some changes, was received and discussed by Rev. S. F. Con- 
rad, Rev. J. M. Bridges, Rev. J. F. Davis, Dr. J. Q. Adams, Rev. C. 
M. Murchison, W. S. Paxton and Rev. R. H. Herring. 

Report as follows: 

We find the aggregate reports in the church letters of a most 
gratifying nature. As compared with last year's work, we find that 
there has been a very large increase in contributions for all the 
objects of benevolence. Last year we gave $610.96 to State Mis- 
sions; this year we gave $1,147.85. 



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For Home Missions, last year we &ave $458.70; this year we 
gave $748.45. 

For Foreign Missions, last year we gave $533-66; this year we 
gave $711.83. 

For the Orphanage, last year we gave $253.83; this year we 
gave $459.97. 

For Ministerial Education, last year we gave, $113.87; this 
year we gave $156.10. 

For Ministerial Relief, last year we gave $41.41; this year we 
gave $156.60. 

We also find, however, a slight falling off in baptisms. 127 re- 
ported this year, against 154 last year. "We find the net loss this 
year to be only 14, as against 61 last year. The net gain this year 
is 188 against 210 reported last year. We find three churches re- 
port no letters nor delegates, viz.: Chadwick, Long Creek, Pine- 
ville. Four churches report no baptisms, viz.: Chadwick, Hunters- 
ville, Long Creek and Wilson's G-rove. Only four churches report 
a loss in membership, viz: Arlington, Cold Water, Matthews and 
Wilson's Grove. Five churches report nothing for State Missions, 
viz.: Chadwick, Long Creek, Pineville, Rock Hill and Union Grove. 
These Five report nothing for Home Missions also. 

Six churches report nothing for Foreign Missions, viz.: Arling- 
ton, Chadwick, Long Creek, Pineville, Rock Hill and Union Grove. 
Six churches report nothing for the Orphanage, viz.: Chadwick^ 
Huntersville, Long Creek, Pineville, Rock Hill and Union Grove. 
Twelve churches report no contributions for Ministerial education, 
viz.: Arlington, Chadwick, First Church, Charlotte; Huntersville, 
Long Creek, Ninth Avenue, Pineville, Pleasant Plains, Rock Hill, 
Second Church, Concord; Union Grove and Wilsou'15 Grove. Twelve 
churches report nothing for Ministerial Relief, viz.: Chadwick, 
Cold Water, Clear Creek, Huntersville, Long Creek, Ninth Avenue, 
Pineville, Rock Hill, First Church, Charlotte; Second Church, Con- 
cord; Union Grove and Wilson's Grove. We believe many of these 
blanks are due to oversight and neglect rather than from lack of 
interest. We urge that during the coming year the churches try to 
come up with no blanks in their letters. 

Submitted, 
S. F. CONRAD, Com. 

The report was unanimously adopted. 

The Moderator asked the Association to stand and sing "All 
Hail the Power of Jesus' Name," after which the committee ap- 
pointed on Time, Place and Preacher made the following report, 
which was unanimously adopted: 

Time — Thursday before the Second Sunday in September, 1906, 
at 11 o'clock a. m. 

Place — Pleasant Plains Church. 

Preacher — Rev. J. F. Davis. 

Alternate — Rev. R. H. Herring. 

Motion was made, and carried, to adjourn, and benediction pro- 
nounced by Rev. Hight C. Moore. 

NIGHT SESSION— FRIDAY. 
Session called to order at 8 o'clock and prayer by Rev. R. H. 
Herring. 

Report on Foreign Missions was read by Rev. J. Q. Adams, as 
follows: 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

The Foreign Mission Board, at the Convention in Kansas City, 





last May, reported for the eighth j^ear in succession "All accounts 
paid and no indebtedness." 

This was glorious, especially when we take into account thac 
the work has been greatly enlarged in every direction, but the most 
glorious of all is the wonderful advance on the foreign fields, where 
2,231 were baptized last year, and thousands are inquiring the way 
of salvation. 

The receipts of the Board last year were $283,415.88— the larg- 
est amount ever contributed by Southern Baptists, and fifty new 
missionaries were sent out, which beats all past records. 

In the number of converts, in the amount of money raised and 
in the number of new missionaries sent out, we have made a decided 
advance over all previous years in the history of our Foreign Mis- 
sion work. 

We have missionaries in China, Japan, Africa, Italy, Mexico, 
Brazil and Argentina. God has greatly blessed us, as can be seen 
by the growth of our work in ten years. 

Here are the figures for 1895 and 1905: Then (1895) we had 91 
missionaries, now 181; then, 85 churches, now 194; then 22 church 
buildings, now 132; then, 1503 Sunday school scholars, now 5,496; 
then 581 baptisms for the year, now, this year, 2,231; then a total 
membership of 3,493, now 11,423; then the contributions for the 
year were $135,435; this year, $283,415.88. 

The work has grown. The number of missionaries has in- 
creased. There is great need of chapels, hospitals, schools, theologi- 
cal training schools and sanitary homes for our missionaries. Dr. 
Willingham reports that we need over $100,000 this year for better 
equipment alone. 

There has been a gratifying increase in the contributions to 
Foreign Missions from our own State in the past few years. In 
1898 we gave only $8,092.91; last year we raised $18,707.68. This 
year we are asked to raise $25,000 for this work. Let us go up and 
possess the land, for we are fully able to overcome it. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. Q. ADAMS. 

Report received and discussed by Rev. J. Q. Adams, Rev. S. F. 
Conrad, Rev. Hight C. Moore and pledges taken to the amount of 
$807.50. Report adopted. 

The Moderator announced that the hour had come for the mem- 
orial services in honor of Dr. A. C. Barron and the committee pre- 
viously named presented the following resolutions: 

"Whereas, it has pleased our Heavenly Father to call to his 
reward our honored, useful and beloved brother, Dr. A. C. Barron, 
for nine years a member of this body as pastor of the First Church 
of Charlotte; therefore, be it, Resolved — 

"1st. — That we, as an Association, herewith voice a keen sense 
of bereavement in his death, having been enriched during these 
years by his presence among us, his hearty sympathies, his wise 
council and faithful, efficient co-operation in all phases of his 
Master's work; and 

Resolved 2nd — That we bow submissively beneath this dispen- 
sation of Providence, knowing that God does all things well, and 
grateful that the closing days and fragrant memory of this good 
man are our heritage. 

"Resolved 3rd . . That we extend to the tareaved family and con- 
gregation our heartfelt sympathy in this hour of aching hearts and 
flowing tears. 

"Resolved 4th — That these resolutions be spread upon the min- 



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iites of the Association, and a copy be sent to the sorrowing family. 

"J. Q. ADAMS, 
. "R. H. HERRING, 
"C. M. MURCHISON, 
"Committee." 

Appropriate remarks were made to these resolutions by Rev. 
R. H. Herring, Rev. S. F. Conrad, Rev, C. M. Murchison, Rev. Hight 
C. Moore and Rev. J, Q. Adams 

The Committee on Order of Business made the following re- 
port for sessions for Saturday: 

9:30 a m. — Devotional Exercises. 

10:00 a. m. — Miscellaneous business. 

10:30 a. m. — Report on Home Missions. 

11:00 a. m. — Report on Sunday Schools. 

2:00 p. m. — Report on Ministerial Relief. 

3:00 p. m. — Report on Education. 

This report was adopted and motion made and carried to ad- 
journ until 9:30 Saturday morning, and the benediction was pro- 
nounced by Rev. J. F. Davis. 

SESSION SATURDAY MORNING. 

Devotional exercises by Rev. J. F. Davis. 

10 a. m. — Session called to order by Moderator pro tem Dr. 
J. Q. Adams. Minutes of previous session read and approved. 
The Moderator announced the following appointments to make re- 
ports at the next session of the Association: 

Foreign Missions — Rev. R. H. Herring. 

Home Missions — Rev. C. M. Murchison. 

State Missions — Rev. L. R. Pruett. 

Orphanage — Rev. J. F. Davis. 

Periodicals — J. J. Ezell. 

Ministerial Relief — Rev. J. M. Bridges. 

Sunday Schools — Rev. J. J. McLendon. 

Education — Rev. W. B. Renfrow. 

Temperance, Rev. S. F. Conrad. 

Committee to name Executive Board presented the following 
recommendation, and same was unanimously adopted: 
Rev. J. Q. Adams, Charlotte, Chairman. 
Rev. L. R. Pruett, Charlotte. 
Rev. R. H. Herring, Concord. 
J. A. Durham, Charlotte. 
W. F. Dowd, Charlotte. 

The following were elected as delegates to the State Conven- 
tion: Dr. J. Q. Adams, Rev. L. R. Pruett and Rev. R. H. Herring. 
Rev. R. H. Herring was chosen as delegate to the Southern Baptist 
Convention, and Rev. J. F. Davis was chosen as alternate. W. M. 
Lyles was chosen as a member of the State Board of Missions. 
The Moderator announced that the report on Home Missions would 
be read by Rev. J. F. Davis, who submitted the following report: 

"Home Missions is a very important department of our denom- 
inational work. The work of the board is evangelical and educa- 
tional. The effort is made, first, to preach the gospel among the 
foreign population, the Indians and the Negroes in the bounds of 
the Southern Baptist Convention, and in the Islands of Cuba. 

"Secondly. Schools are being established and our people are 



11 

loeing trained for greater usefulness in our denominational life and 
work. This work deserves our most hearty sympathy and support. 
Report received and discussed by Rev. J. F. Davis, Rev, S. F. 
Conrad and Rev. Hight C. Moore. Report adopted, after singing 
hymn "I am Thine, O Lord," Pledges were taken amounting to 
$306.50. 

Rev. A. W. Wilcox, of Mooresville, was recognized by the Mod- 
erator and was introduced to the Association and welcomed to 
■our midst. 

The report on Sunday schools was read by Mr. W. F. Dowd, as 
follows : 

"We believe that the teaching of the Word in the Sunday 
schools by consecrated believers is a work second in importance to 
preaching the Gospel, and it is clearly authorized by the Scriptures, 
and that in reality, it is the Church, teaching and training the mem- 
bership and those who are to become its members. 

"It is a fact to be regretted that one of our nineteen Associa- 
tional churches reports having no Sunday school, and that three 
other churches have schools only a portion of the year, while fifteen 
of our churches report schools the entire year. 

"We would urge, therefore, that every church see the impor- 
tance of enlisting their best talent in the Sunday school work 
twelve months in each year. 

"We also suggest that they provide plenty of good Baptist lit- 
erature — none better than our own Baptist Convention Sunday 
School periodicals, published at Nashville, Tenn. 

'"We also heartily commend the work being done by our Sun- 
day School Field Secretary of the Baptist State Convention, and sug- 
gest the holding of Sunday School Institutes, conducted by him in 
our most accessible churches at least twice a year. We also sug- 
gest that you set apart for discussion, Sunday school work, at 
your second fifth Sunday Union meeting." 

Report received and same discussed by Rev. Hight C. Moore, 
W. F. Dowd, Rev. J. M Bridges, W. M. Lyles, Rev. R. H. Herring 
and Rev. A. W. Wilcox. Report adopted. 

The Finance Committee made the following report and the 
same was adopted: 

Received for State Missions $ 86 . 18 

Received for Home Missions 26.20 

Received for Foreign Missions 35.21 

Received for Orphaal\ge 17.34 

Received for Ministerial Education 4,00 

Received for Ministers' Relief ...,., 9,21 

Received for Minute Fund 34,30 

Total $212 . 44 

Motion made and carried that a collection be taken to supple- 
ment the Minute Fund, and $3.25 was realized. Motion made and car- 
ried that the Treasurer supplement the Minute Fund, making it 
$45.00. Motion made to adjourn and benediction by Rev. J, M. 
Bridges. 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Meeting called to order by the Moderator at 2 o'clock and 
prayer by Rev. A. W, Wilcox. 



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The report on Ministerial Relief was presented by Rev. J. P. 
Davis, as follows: 

"The object of this board is to aid our old and worn-out min- 
isters who have given the best years of their lives to preaching the 
Gospel. This was often done without compensation, and many of 
these old preachers are in need of assistance that will help them 
tide over the last years of their lives. Brethren, let us help these 
old brothers, and thus secure the Savior's blessing. 'Inasmuch as 
ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have 
done it unto me.' " 

Report received and discussed by Brethren Davis, Conrad, Her- 
ring, Adams and Moore. Report adopted and pledges taken to the 
amount of $45.00. 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

The report on Education v/as read by J, Q, Adams, Jr., as 
follows: 

"It is the imperative duty of every parent to educate his chil- 
dren. More than this, it is the Christian obligation of each and 
every one of us to see to it that all the children in our midst, rich 
and poor alike, have the opportunity of receiving an education. 
Fortunately for our State, there has been during the past few years 
a vigorous campaign for a better primary educational system. The 
fruits of this campaign are already apparent in our State. Grad- 
ually the people are awakening to the overwhelming importance of 
an education, especially its importance in the century that lies open 
before us. In each community let us, as Baptists, take a leading 
part in every movement for better education, and let us see to it 
that none of our children miss any of the offered opportunities. 

"Although it is time that in our primary system these oppor- 
tunities are often miserably poor and limited, in higher education 
they are heaped up, pressed down and running over. The Baptist 
denomination of the State has provided two magnificent institu- 
tions for the training of its young men and women under those 
surroundings which make for the purest and noblest manhood and 
womanhood. As an Association, we desire to express our pride in 
the Baptist University for Women and in the Wake Forest College. 
To Dr. C. E. Taylor, who has for so many years guided the des- 
tinies of Wake Forest and moulded its policy and its life with a rare 
measure of wisdom and piety, we express our admiration and grati- 
tude; and to Dr. W. L. Poteat, who has, in addition to his profes- 
sional work, assumed the presidency of the institution, we express 
our loyalty and our united support. 

"Lastly, while we are educating our boys, let us not forget 
that it is equally important to educate our girls. They are to be 
the mothers of the coming generation. Let us train them to make 
home better and brighter. 

"Thus, and thus only, by the education of our boys and girls, 
can the black cloud of ignorance be dispelled from our State and 
in its place be substituted the light of intelligent faith and wise 
citizenship. Respectfully submitted, 

"JOSEPH Q. ADAMS, JR." 

Report received and discussed by J. Q. Adams, Jr., Rev. S. F. 
Conrad, Hight C. Moore and W. M. Lyles. Report adopted and 
pledges taken to the amount of $60.00. 

The following resolution was introduced by Rev. S. F, Conrad, 
and same was unanimously adopted by a rising vote: 



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"Resolved, That our hearty thanks be hereby extended to 
this church with its pastor and the good people of this community 
for the very cordial and bountiful hospitality extended to us during 
our stay in their midst." 

The following resolution was introduced by Rev. C. M. Murchi- 
son, and same was unanimously adopted: 

"Whereas, Brother L. R. Pruett, the oldest resident pastor in 
the Association has been unable, by reason of sickness, to attend 
this session; therefore be it 

"Resolved, That we have missed his presence and counsel, 
and that our clerk be requested to convey to him our sympathies 
in his illness, and our hopes for his speedy recovery." 

Many expressions of regret were heard in reference to the indis- 
position of the pastor of Cornelius Church that rendered him unable 
to attend the sessions, and special prayer was held in his behalf, led 
by Rev. S. F. Conrad. 

Remarks were made by several of the brethren in regard to 
the excellent meeting of the Association. 

The Moderator announced that Rev. J. P. Davis would preach 
at the night service to be held in the church, and that Rev. Hight 
C. Moore would fill the pulpit at 11 o'clock tomorrow. The minutes 
of today's session were read and approved. 

The business of the Association having been finished, motion 
was made and carried to adjourn, and after singing that old hymn, 
"Blest be the Tie That Binds," and prayer by Rev. S. F. Conrad, 
the twentieth annual session of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association came to a close to meet with the church at Pleasant 
Plains, as per report. 

W. M. LYLBS, Clerk. 



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35. 


12.50 


5. 


2. 


1. 


First, Charlotte 


100. 


350. 


500. 


150. 


10. 


25. 


First, Concord 


50. 


75. 


80. 


25. 


5. 


5. 


Friendship 


13.50 


15. 


7. 


50. 


2. 




Huntersville 


2.50 


5. 


2.50 


o 


1. 


i. 


Independence Hill 


7.50 


10. 


6. 


5. 


1. 


1. 


Louise 


35. 


15. 


15. 


5. 


1. 


1. 


Matthews 


15. 


30. 


7. 


7. 


5. 


5. 


Newell 


15. 


18. 


8. 


7. 


1.50 


h 


N^int.h AvAnnp 


50 


50 


35 


•''0 


5 


5 


Pleasant Plains . 


7.50 


10. 


9 


5. 


1. 


1. 


Pritchard Memorial 


35. 


75. 


100. 


40. 


2.50 


5. 


Rock mil 


a. 


5. 


2.50 


o 


1. 


1. 


Second, Concord 


10. 


15. 


10. 


5. 


1. 


1. 


Union Grove 


5. 


r> 


2.50 


o 


1. 


I. 


Wilsons Grove 


2. 


3. 


10. 


2. 


1. 


]. 


Total 


590. 


718. 


807.50 


307.50 


45. 


60. 







Twenty-first Annual Session 

= Held with = 

Pleasant Plains Baptist Church 



September 6th, 7 th and 8th, 1906 



PRESS OF NEWS PUBLISHINO COMPANY, CHARLOTTE 



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Minutes of the Twenty-first 
Annual Session 

of the 

Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association 

Held at 

Pleasant Plains Church 

September 6th, 7th and 8th, 1906 



The next session will be held with the First Baptist Church 
at Concord, N. C, on Tuesday before the 2nd Sunday in Septem- 
ber, 1907, beginning at 11 a. m. Introductory sermon will be 
preached by Rev. H. H. Hulten, D. D., Pastor of First Baptist 
Church, Charlotte, N. C. 



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MODERATOR, 

W. C. Dowd Charlotte, N. a 

CLERK, 

W. M. Lyles Charlotte, N. C. 

TREASURER, 

D. W. Fink Charlotte, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, 

Rev. J. Q. Adams Charlote, N. C. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. R. H. Herring Concord, N. C. 

J. A. Durham Charlotte, N. C. 

W. F. Dowd Charlotte, N. C. 

DELEGATE TO THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION. 

Rev. J. Q. Adams Charlotte, N. C. 

ALTERNATE, 

Rev. L. R. Pruett Charlotte, N. C. 

DELEGATES TO THE STATE CONVENTION, 

Rev. D. M. Austin Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. H. H. Hulten Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. W. E. Watkins Concord, N. C. 

ALTERNATES TO STATE CONVENTION, 

Rev. J. F. Davis Charlotte, N. C. 

D. W. Fink Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. R. H. Herring Concord, N. C. 

ORDAINED MINISTERS. 

J. W. Abernathey Matthews, N. C. 

J. Q. Adams Charlotte, N. C. 

D. M. Austin Charlotte, N. C. 

J. M. Bridges Newell, N. C. 

S. F. Conrad Charlotte, N. C. 

J. F. Davis Charlotte, N. C. 

D. F. Helms Charlotte, N. C. 

R. H. Herring, Concord, N. C. 

H. H. Hulten Charlotte, N. C. 

J. J. McLendon Matthews, N. C. 

J. C. Meyers Charlotte, N. C. 

L. R. Pruett Charlotte, N. C. 

W. B. Renfrew Matthews, N. C. 

J. W. Snider Concord, N. C. 

A. L. Stough Pineville, N. C. 

W. T. Talbirt Concord, N. C. 

W. E. Watkins Concord, N. C. 

A. W. Wilcox Mooresville, N. C- 



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The twenty-first annual session of the Mecklenburg and Cabar- 
rus Association was opened by religious services being conducted 
by Rev. J. P. Davis at 11 a. m., and at 11:45 the former Moderator, 
W. C. Dowd, assumed the chair and called upon the secretary, W. 
M. Lykes to call the roll of churches. This being done and a quorum 
being present, the following messengers were duly enrolled.: 

Arlington — E. H. Hinson, W. M. Connell and Reese Hagler. 

Clear Creek— A. W. McManus, L. S. Pigg and W. C. Hough. 

Cold Water — E. A. Earnhardt and J. D. Smith. 

Cornelius — C. A. Hedgepeth. 

First Church, Charlotte — W. C. Dowd, J. A. Durham and Rev, H. 
H. Hulten. 

First Church, Concord — A. W. Morgan, F. P. bmith and D. W. 
Lowder. 

Friendship — J. T. Mitchell, A. C. Fisher and C. Garrison. 

Huntersville — Rev. W. A. Hough. 

Independence Hill — J. B. Flowers, C. S. Davis and W. W. Davis. 

Louise — J. A. Newton, J. T, Batton and W. A. Brooks, 

Matthews — F. M. Abernathey, W. B. Renfrow and E. J. Funder- 
burk. 

Newell — W. E. Hull and L, E. Barber, 

Ninth Avenue, Charlotte — Rev, L, R. Pruett, Rev. S, F. Conrad, 
R. J. Boyd, D. W. Fink and W. M. Lyles. 

Pineville — Letter read, but no messengers. 

Pleasant Plains — W. S. Paxton, J. E. Broom and T. L. Boyd. 

Pritchard Memorial, Charlotte — Rev. J. Q. Adams, Rev. D, M, 
Austin, W. F, Dowd, J, J. Ezzell, R. E, Poole and Z, V, Kendrick, 

Rock Hill— A. D, Crisco, R. B. Little and M. H, Carter, 

Second Church, Concord — L, W, Hansell, J, N. Perry, J. A. Whit- 
ley, H. A. Cook and Ellis Perry. 

Union Grove — L. P. Hagler and R. H. Horton, 

West Concord, Concord — Rev, W. T. Talbirt and G. M. Green, 

Wilsons Grove— W. R. Small, E, S, Rushen and W, F. Mullis. 

Zion— J. M. Funderburk, T. V. Talbirt and J, S, Kiser, 

The enrollment of messengers being finished, the election of 
officers was the next thing in order, and resulted as follows: 

Moderator — ^W. C. Dowd, 
Clerk— W, M, Lyles, 
Treasurer — D. W. Fink, 

The Moderator announced the following committee on "Order 
of Business: 

J. M, Bridges, L, R. Pruett and R, H, Herring, 

A committee on "Digest of Church Letters" was named as fol- 
lows : 

S. F. Conrad, D. M, Austin and J. F. Davis. 

Motion made and carried to adjourn until 1:30 o'clock. 
Prayer by H. H. Hulton. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Session opened at appointed time by singing "All Hail the Power 
of Jesus' Name," and prayer by Rev. Livingstone Johnston. 

Committee on Order of Business made a partial report, as fol- 
lows: 

Thursday afternoon, 2 o'clock, Periodicals. 

3 o'clock, Foreign Missions. 

Adjourn at will. 

Request for admission into this Association came from West 
Concord and Zion Churches, and same was referred to following 
Committee: 

S. F. Conrad, W. B. Renfrow and J. F. Davis. 

The Moderator announced the following as the Finance Com- 
mittee: 

J. A. Durham, W. S. Paxton and J. E. Broom. 

The hour having arrived for the discussion of periodicals, the 
Moderator recognized Rev. J. S. Farmer of the Biblical Recorder; 
Rev. S. F. Conrad, of the North Carolina Baptist; D. M. Austin, J. 
J. McLendon. This question was also discussed by the Moderator. 

The committee to consider the request of admission of Zion and 
West Concord Churches made the following report: 

"We, the committee appointed to examine into the constitution 
of the West Concord and the Zion Church asking for membership 
into this body, respectfully submit the following report: 

"First — That the West Concord Church was duly organized by 
adopting articles of Faith and Church Covenant with a duly or- 
ganized Presbytery. 

"Second — That the Church at Zion v/as organized by a properly 
constituted Presbytery, and that they adopted a Church Covenant, 
but no formulated Articles of Faith, but accepted the New Testa- 
ment teaching and the general views as held by the Baptists., W^e, 
therefore, recommend their acceptance into this body, and further 
recommend that the Zion Church, in conference with their pastor, 
formally adopt the Articles of Faith as held by all our Baptist 
churches." 

Signed by 

S. F. CONRAD, 
W. B. RENFROW, 
J. F. DAVIS, 

The report was unanimously adopted. 

The Moderator announced that the hour had arrived for the 
report on Foreign Missions, and Rev. R. H. Herring submitted the 
following report: 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

Notwithstanding the fact that at the last Southern Baptist Con- 
vention a small debt was reported by the Foreign Mission Board, the 
work for the past year has been highly successful, and wonderful 
progress has been made. The gifts are growing each year. More and 



more baptisms reported, and the worK generally expanding. The 
interest on the part of native Christians is very gratifying, and 
many of them are being prepared for useful preachers in our mis- 
sionary training schools. 

The printing and publishing interest, medical and school work 
of the Board are disseminating the light of Gospel truth, an dmaking 
it easier for the missionary to preach the Gospel with telling ef- 
fect. 

The larger gifts, and larger number of new missionaries going 
out, while encouraging and inspiring, serve also to show the vast- 
ness of the field and the fewness of the laborers, and the meager 
and inadequate funds, and yet we hope that a consciousness and 
conviction of our obligations and ability is taking hold upon the 
churches. For this we must labor and pray. 

When our State reported such a large increase at the Southern 
Baptist Convention, at first thought a thrill of pride came over us, 
but only for a moment, for when v/e considered that it took 180,000 
people to give $28000 for the great cause of world-wiue missions, and 
how many had done nothing, and how few had made any sacrifice, 
we felt more like crying for shame than rejoicing. 

North Carolina Baptists, of whom we are an important part, 
should not think of being content until we put at least *i 00,000 per 
year into this work, and send 100 of our best men and wonj.;n, our 
boys and girls, to the Foreign field. 

Our Bibles are full of Foreign Missions. Our Saviour is the em 
bodiment of the mission spirit, and we must preach and work and 
pray until Foreign Missions become a part of our being, rather 
than a superficial or spasmodic effort once a year to raise our 
pledge. 

R. H. HERRING. 

Report received and discussed by R. H. Herring, after which 
Rev. L. R. Pruett led the Association in prayer. The report was 
further discussed by S. F. Conrad, Livingston Johnston, L. R. 
Pruett and H. H. Hulten. Report unanimously adopted and pledges 
taken to the amount of $972.00. (See table). 

The committee on Order of Business asked to be heard, and 
made additional report for Friday's session: 

9:30 a. m. — Devotional Exercises. 

10:00 a. m. — Report on Orphanage. 

11:00 a. m.— Sermon by Rev. H. H. Hulten. 

Adjourn at will. 

1:30 p. m. — Report on State and Associational Missions. 

Adjourn at will. 

The Moderator appointed Rev. L. R. Pruett to conduct de- 
votional services Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock. 

After singing "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow," 
and the benediction by Rev. W. T. Talbirt, the Association ad- 
journed until the hour appointed for Friday morning. 

MORNING SESSION— FRIDAY. 

Devotional exercises conducted by Rev. L. R. Pruett at 9:30 
o'clock. 



6 

The Moderator called the session to order at 10 o'clock, and the 
minutes of the previous day were read, and after some slight cor- 
rections were adopted. 

The Moderator recognized Professor W. L. Poteat, president of 
Wake Forest College, and Archibald Johnston, editor of Charity and 
Children. 

The hour having arrived for the report on the Orphanage, the 
Moderator called upon Rev. J. P. Davis, who submitted the follow- 
ing report: 

"The Baptist Orphanage at Thomasville is very near the Bap- 
tist heart of North Carolina. 

"The Orphanage is improving year by year. Water works have 
recently been completed. A laundry is now about completed. Soon 
the Watson house, the last of the old houses, is to be torn down and 
rebuilt on a larger and better plan. Everything about the Orphan- 
age, shoe shop, machine shop, and Charity and Children are pros- 
pering. 

The shoe shop turns out more than nine hundred pair of shoes 
each year. Charity and Children has now a circulation of ten thous- 
and two hundred and fifty, and pays a good sum into the general 
Orphanage fund. A school of eight grades is conducted ten months 
in the year. The Orphanage plant has grown from a little begin- 
ning twenty-one years ago, to be worth one hundred and seventy- 
seven thousand dollars today. 

"There are three hundred and twenty children there who must 
be fed and clothed. Three hundred and fifty-six Sunday Schools 
contribute to the support of the Orphanage, which aids greatly in 
the support of the institution. We feel that more churches could 
well afford to take monthly collections for this object. 

"The orphans are supported at a cost of a little more than six 
dollars per month, which Includes all expenses of every kind, sal- 
aries and all. Brethren, let us rally more strongly to the support of 
the institution which calls for more money as the number of chil- 
dren increases. 

"Respectfully submitted, 

"J. F. DAVIS." 

Report received and discussed by Archibald Johnston, and 
unanimously adopted, and pledges taken amounting to $421.00. 
(See table). 

The Moderator announced that the hour had arrived for Rev. 
H. H. Hulten to preach, but as he was unavoidably detained at home 
on account of sickness in his family, a motion was made by L. R. 
Pruitt, and carried, that the hour be devoted to the discussion 
of education, and the Moderator called on W. B. Renfrow to make 
this report, which is as follows: 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

"The question is often asked, 'What is an education?' Plato 
says that education means to give to the mind all the beauty and 
perfection it is capable of attaining. With the acceptance of this 
definition it is seen that every parent is duty bound to educate his 
child. 



The founders of our government realized that freedom in the 
hands of an ignorant people is a dangerous thing and accordingly 
emphasized the importance of education. 

"Primarily, the question of education in our Association does 
not concern us more than it does other citizens. 

"In the large towns we have the graded schools. In the rural 
districts and small towns v/e are inaugurating a system of schools 
that will practically meet the demands of primary education. 

"In view of the efforts that are being made and the money that 
is being spent, let us, as Baptists, take a leading part for better 
education and let us see to it that our children get all the offered 
opportunities. 

"The Baptists of this Association and the Baptists of North 
Carolina point with pride to Wake Forest College and the Baptist 
University for Women, and we pledge our loyal support to these 
worthy institutions. 

"With Dr. Vann as president of our Female University, and 
with our able board of trustees, we expect this institution to meet 
our demand and to set the highest ideal of Christian education. 

"With President Poteat at the head of Wake Forest College, 
surrounded with a worthy corps of instructors, together with an 
able board of trustees, we have in Wake Forest College an institu- 
tion well worthy of our highest praise and loyal support. 

"Lastly, while we think of the training of our children let us 
not forget the home training, which is the foundation of all citizen- 
ship and which largely shapes the destiny of citizen, State and 
nation. 

"Respectfully submitted, 

"W. B. RENFROW." 

The report was received and discussed by Professor Poteat, 

The Moderator announced that all the ladies of Pleasant Plains 
Church were requested to meet at the home of Mrs. W. S. Paxton 
at 1 o'clock for the purpose of organizing a Woman's Missionary 
Society. Motion made and carried to adjourn until 2 o'clock. 

Doxology sung and benediction pronounced by J. S. Farmer. 

THURSDAY AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The afternoon session was called to order by the Moderator 
promptly at 2 o'clock, and was led in prayer by Rev. J. I. Kendrick, 
a former pastor of North Carolina, now pastor at La Fayette, La. 

The Moderator announced the following committees: 

Time, Place and Preacher — L. R. Pruett, J. J. Ezell and W. T. 
Talbirt. 

Religious Exercises — The pastor and deacons of Pleasant Plains 
Church. 

To Nominate Delegates to State Convention — T. J. Renfrew, R. 
H. Herring and W. F. Dowd. 

To Nominate Executive Committee — D. M. Austin, J, F. Davis 
And W. E. W.atkins. 



The report on periodicals was called for, and same made by J. 
J. Ezell as follows: 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

Religious literature is a very important factor in Christian life 
and activity. It moulds and influences religious thought and sen- 
timent as probably no other agency does. What the secular news- 
paper is to the State and community, the religious paper is to the 
Church and Sunday School; and just as a man who does not read 
the secular paper can not attain to the highest state of citizenship, 
so the Christian who does not read our religious papers can not at- 
tain to the best and most useful Christian life. 

"We would urge upon Baptists the importance of not only tak- 
ing, but of reading at least one of our denominational papers. The 
Biblical Recorder, North Carolina Baptist and Charity and Children 
are all worthy of a place in every Baptist home. We desire also to 
commend the publications of our Sunday School Board as being not 
only the most readable, but the most instructive periodicals to be 
had. 

"Respectfully submitted, 

"J. J. Ezell." 

Report adopted. 

Treasurer D. W. Fink announced that he was ready to make 
his report, and same submitted as follows, which was adopted: 

TREASURER'S REPORT 
For Past Associational Year:: 

State Missions , $ 51.47 

Foreign Missions 39.50 

Home Missions 22.91 

S. S. Missions 1.00 

Orphanage 12.83 

Old Ministers' Relief 2.00 

Ministerial Education 3.00 

Total $132.71 

Respectfully submitted, 

D. W. Fink, Treasurer. 

The announcement was made that the hour for the report on 
the State and Associational Missions had arrived, and the Modera- 
tor called on L. R. Pruett to make same, which is as follows: 

STATE MISSIONS. 

After many years of a wonderful success, the State Mission 
Board has yet much unfinished work to do and much uncultivated 
territory to occupy. The value and importance of the work can 
scarcely be estimated. In nearly all of the towns and cities of the 
State and in many country districts the Board has aided in the 
organization of^ Mission Sunday Schools, in the establishment of 
churches, and in preaching the Gospel. 



"Our Board encourages and gives aid to our schools and col- 
leges by helping to secure educated pastors, who foster and in- 
spire the spirit of education. Our people believe in education, and 
our school houses and college walls are being filled with boys and 
girls as never before. While the State Mission Board extends a 
helping hand to the educational interests and to the other depart- 
ments of the work of the convention, its greatest mission is to 
preach the Gospel. 

The progress North Carolina is now making calls for stronger 
efforts in our State Mission work. New railroads are being built, 
new telephone lines are being stretched, new industries of various 
kinds are being established, and new centers of population and in- 
fluence are in evidence, all of which show the marvelous growth of 
the State. We have now the greatest wood and cotton manufac- 
turing centers in the whole South — High Point and Charlotte. The 
dear old State is advancing in every way and will soon take her 
place in the front rank among her sister States. 

"In view of such general prosperity, the enlarged responsibili- 
ties, and the increased demands, our Board is working on a broader 
basis this year of $30,000, with about 140 missionaries in the field. 

"The Board has been very kind and liberal toward the work in 
our Association, giving us $1,000.00 a year. I desire to lay special 
stress upon the importance of the work in the Mecklenburg and 
Cabarrus Associations. The field is a great one. There are within 
our territory 12 cities and towns with a population of at least 55,000, 
saying nothing of the rich and prosperous country. There are 35 or 
40 cotton mills in operation within the borders of our Association, 
besides many other varied and important enterprises, with a great 
farming section. Brethren, what a vast work! We need to group 
our forces and centralize our powers for a mightier conquest in the 
Master's Kingdom. We need more men, and this means more 
money. The task and the opportunity are ours. 

"L. R. PRUETT." 

The report was received and discussed by Livingston Johnston, 
L. R. Pruett, W. A. Hough, W. T. Talbirt, R. H. Herring, J. M. 
Bridges, J. F. Davis, J. E. Kirk. Pledges taken amounting to $747.00. 
(See Table). 

The Committee on Time, Place and Preacher announced that 
they were ready to report, and submitted the following: 

Time — Tuesday before the second Sunday in September, 1907. 

Place^ — First Baptist Church, Concord. 

Preacher — Rev. H. H. Hulten, D. D. Report adopted. 

The committee on Digest of Church Letters submitted the fol- 
lowing report: 



REPORT ON DIGEST OF CHURCH LETTERS. 



We find all the churches represennted by letters, and for the 
most part the general summary of the work is highly gratifying. 



10 
We give in contrast the work of 1905 and 1906; 



190 



1906 


Dec. 


Inc 


!i;610.41 


$63.44 




889.11 




$180.28 


1655.G5 




942.82 


533.29 




92.02 


30.10 


125.47 




23.00 




3.50 


7,785.74 


- 


2,362.99 


19,809.04 





State Missions $1213.85 

Home Missions 708.83 

Foreign Missions 712.83 

Orplianage 441.27 

Ministerial Ed 155.57 

Old Min. Relief 19.50 

Pastor's Salaries 5422.75 • 

Grand Total 17581.67 



We find many of the letters most unsatisfactory and unreliable 
for correct and full information. Some of them are badly written 
and so filled with alterations and changes as to confuse the mind 
of an expert in figures. 

We find the following churches report nothing for Ministerial 
Education: Arlington, Clear Creek, Cold Water, First Baptist 
Church, Charlotte; Friendship, Huntersville, Ninth Avenue, Pleas- 
ant Plains, Rock Hill, Union Grove and Pineville. While all the rest 
contribute the paltry sum of $30.10. 

The following churches report no Baptisms: Cold Water, 
Friendship, Huntersville, Newells and Pineville. While a number 
of the others report one and two and tree and four. The total num- 
ber of Baptisms this year are 126 as compared with 127 last year. 
The net gain in membership this year is 128, as compared to 208 
last year. 

Three churches report a loss in membership: Arlington, 9; 
Matthews, 4; Second Concord, 7. 

The largest increase in membership is reported by Louise 
Church, reporting 43 as net gain. The First Baptist Church, Char- 
lotte, reporting 36. It will be seen that as a rule our churches have 
gained but little in membership. 

We most respectfully urge that those making out the statistics 
from the churches exercise more care and see to it that credits be 
placed in the proper place and the totals be summed up with the 
grand total in the column provided for it. Also that these letters 
be in the Association when its session opens. 

Respectfully submitted, 

S. F. CONRAD, 
D. M. AUSTIN, 
J. F. DAVIS. 

Report received and discussed by S. F. Conrad and J. Q. Adams, 
and same adopted. 

The committee to nominate the Executive Committee for ensu- 
ing year made the following report: 

J. Q. Adams, Charlotte; L. R. Pruett, Charlotte; R. H. Herring, 
Concord; J. A. Durham, Charlotte; W. F. Dowd, Charlotte. 



11. 

The Moderator made the following appointments for the next 
session of the Association: 

To make report on Foreign Missions — H. H. Hulton. 
To make report on State Missions — R. H. Herring. 
To m.ake report on Home Missions — S. F. Conrad. 
To make report on Orphanage — D. M. Austin. 
To make report on Periodicals — L. R. Pruett. 
To make report on Ministerial Relief — W. T. Talbirt. 
To make report on Sunday Schools — T. S. Franklin. 
To make report on Education — J. Q. Adams. 
To make report on Temperance — J. F. Davis. 

The Finance Coriimittee made report. (See table). 

Rev. W. T. Talbirt asked the Association to give him ten dol- 
lars to aid in his work in West Concord Church, and a collection or- 
dered and the amount raised. A collection taken to supplement the 
Minute Fund was ordered, and $8.00 realized. Motion was made and 
carried to adjourn until eight o'clock this evening. Benediction by 
W. E. Watkins. 

FRIDAY NIGHT SESSION. 

The session was called to order by the clerk, v/ho announced 
the absence of the Moderator, and L. R, Pruett was called to the 
chair. Upon motion of J. M. Bridges, it was decided to discontinue 
the business session for the evening, and have Rev. R. H. Herring 
preach, which he did, selecting as his text "John, 3-16." At the close 
of the service, a motion was made to adjourn until 9:30 o'clock Sat- 
urday morning. Benediction by R. H. Herring. 

SATURDAY MORNING SESSION. 

Saturday morning session was called to order at 9:30 o'clock by 
the Moderator. The minutes of Friday's session read, and after 
some slight corrections was adopted. Upon motion of W. E. Wat- 
kins, the clerk was instructed to change the place for next meeting 
of the Association from West Concord to the First Church, Concord. 

The committee to name delegates to the State Convention sub- 
mitted the following report: 

Delegates — D. M. Austin, H. H. Hulten and W. E. Watkins. 
Alternates — J. F. Davis, D. W. Fink and R. H. Herring. 

Rev. J. Q. Adams was recommended as a delegate to the South- 
ern Baptist Convention, and Rev. L. R. Pruett as alternate. Re- 
port adopted. 

The report on Home Missions was made as follows: 

"The Home Mission Board, located at Atlanta, Ga., sustains the 
same relation to the Southern States and Cuba that the State Mis- 
sion Board sustains to North Carolina. 



12. 

"Some of the States have such conditions, arising from foreign 
population, large cities and lack of self support in the States, that 
the Home Board finds a great field in the Southern States for ser- 
vice. This Board is doing a work that our State Boards cannot do, 
especially in our large cities, such as New Orleans, St. Louis and 
Baltimore. It means the salvation of our own country — our beloved 
Southland. Such an enterprise, which has for its object the bet- 
terment and salvation of mankind, should be encouraged by all the 
churches in this land. Of all our missionary enterprises, none is 
more important than Home Missions, and we cannot afford to with- 
hold our support from this important and necessary link in the chain 
of missionary endeavor, with which we are striving to bind the 
world to Christ. 

"Respectfully submitted, 

"L. R. PRUETT, 
"R. H. HERRING." 
"R. H. HERRING." 

Report received and discussed by R. H. Herring and J. Q. 
Adams, and pledges taken amounting to $329.50. (See table). 

The Moderator announced that the next thing in order was the 
report on "Ministerial Relief," and this report was read by J. M. 
Bridges, as follows: 

"The object of this Board is to aid our old and v/orn out minis- 
ters, who have given the best years of their lives to preaching the 
Gospel. The relief rendered the old brethren and their families 
during the last year or two has been very gratifying. The State 
Board has been encouraged in the fact that the churches have re- 
sponded more liberally, and the hearts and homes of these needy 
ones to whom we have been contributing of the means given us, 
have been brightened with good cheer and glad hope. We are now 
helping some twenty-five or more annually, from fifteen to eighty 
dollars each. Brethren, let us, one and all, wake up on this very 
important subject, and help to give our preachers ease in old age. 
We, your servant of this committee, urge that we try and do more 
next year than we have ever done any previous year for our old 
preachers and their families. 

Respectfully submitted, 

"J. M. BRIDGES.' 

Report received and discussed by J. M. Bridges and J. Q. Adams. 
Same adopted and pledges taken amounting to $54.00. (See table). 

The following resolution of thanks was offered by R. H. Herring, 
and same unanimously adopted by a standing vote: 

"Resolved, that this Association express the sincere thanks of 
our hearts to the good people of Pleasant Plains and community for 
their gracious kindness and abounding hospitality during the session 
of this body." 

The report on Sunday Schools was called for, and Rev. J. J. Mc- 



•8T 

Lendon submitted the following report: 

REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

"The Sunday School, the Church of Jesus Christ at work teach- 
ing the Bible, is on a par with preaching the Gospel, which will yield 
the better results being determined only by the efficiency and faith- 
fulness of the workers. The teacher should be thoroughly equipped, 
should take Christ for his model, imbibe His spirit and imitate His 
methods. When God created the physical universe, vegetable life 
and the lower order of animals, "He spake and it was done," but 
when he created man there was a pause. He said, "let us make man 
in our image, after our likeness." God was not yet satisfied. He 
had made it convenien for Himself in the field, but had not built 
His house. He had created the angels, who were to be the servants 
in His house, but the house, and the children were yet to be. When 
He would do His crowning work, create a higher order of beings 
than the angels, to be his friends and associates. His children. His 
house. He did not speak them into existence, but began at the 
ground and built up. He saw fit to put the children through a long 
and trying process, and He chose not to do all the work Himself, 
directly, but calls each and every one of these children to His aid. 
The Sunday School is a sort of spiritual marble yard, where all the 
sinning, suffering and sorrowing children are framed and discip- 
lined, where the fitting and polishing of these "lively stones" goes 
bravely on, where all of the marble shafts destined to be "pillars in 
the temple of our God and go no more out," mingle together and 
gradually lose all of their rough, angular corners. Naturally, three 
score and ten years are required to turn out the finished product, 
and 52 Sunday's in each year are none too many to spend in this 
marble yard. Every human being ought to live and die in its pure 
atmosphere, to take a stand for righteousness, to meet the dragon in 
mortal combat and vanquish him; to become God-like, sublime. 
These are the crops of earth and time, the prepared material with 
which God will build His house, the all-glorious, eternal, spiritual 
temple. Can too great labor be lavished upon this material, too 
much pains taken with it? 

"The Sunday School! What a scene! Angels hovering over 
this holy mingling together of the immortals! 

"Respectfully submitted, 

"JOHN J. McLENDON." 

The Moderator announced at 11 o'clock that the business ses- 
sion of the Twentieth Annual Session of the Mecklenburg and Ca- 
barrus Association had been finished, and a motion made and car- 
ried to adjourn to meet as per previous announcement. Several an- 
announcements were made relative to services at Pleasant Plains 
Church for Sunday. After singing "Blest be the Ties That Bind," 
and benediction by Rev. J. M. Bridges, the Twentieth Annual Ses- 
sion of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association came to a close. 

W. C. DOWD, Moderator. 

W. M. LYLES. Clerk. 



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Table of Pledges for Next Year 



Churches 



Arlington 

Clear Creek 

Cold Water 

Cornelius 

First, Charlotte 

First, Concord 

Friendship . . 

Huntersville 

Independence Hill . 

Louise 

Matthews 

Newell 

Ninth Avenue . . . . 

Pineville 

Pleasant Plains 

Pritchard Memorial . 

Rock Hill 

Second, Concord . . . 

Union Grove 

West Concord 

Wilson's Grove 

Zion 

Total ~. 



6 

12 50 

600 

100 

10 

2 

6 

20 

10 

8 

50 

5 

100 

10 

10 

2 50 

5 

3 

2 



$ 972 50 



5 

4 

5 

5 
150 
35 

7 50 

2 

5 

5 

7 

3 
25 



50 



50 

2 50 
5 00 
2 50 
2 50 
2 5C 

2_50 

$ 229 50 



5 

5 

5 

25 

350 

80 

20 

5 

10 
20 
25 

8 
50 

10 

100 

5 

10 

2 

5 

5 

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747" 



10 

7 
5 

10 

100 

100 

7 

2 



7 50 
35 
15 

7 
50 

10 
25 

5 
10 

5 

5 



421 



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1 

2 50 
2 
10 
5 
2 
1 
1 
2 
7 
2 
5 

2 

2 50 
1 
2 
1 
1 
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The next session will be held with the Clear Creek Baptist 
Church at Clear Creek, N. C, on Tuesday before the 2nd Sunday in 
September, 1908, beginning- at 11 o'clock, a. m. Introductory ser- 
mon will be preached by Rev. S. N. Watson, pastor of the First 
Church, Concord, N. C. • 



PEOPLES PRINT SHOP 
CONCORD N. C. 



DIRECTORY OF THE 



MECKLENBURG AND CABARRUS ASSOCIATION 



Moderator. 
W. C. Dowd Charlotte, N. C. 

Clerk. 
T. D. Maness Concord, N. C. 

Treasurer. 
D. W. rink Charlotte, K C. 

Executive Committee. 

Dr. H. C. Herring Concord, N. C. 

Rev. W. A. Hough Cornelius, N. C. 

C. B. Rogers Charlotte, N. C. 

Delegates to State Convention. 

Rev. S. N. Watson Concord, N. C. 

T. D. Maness . . Concord, K C. 

Rev. S. F. Conrad Charlotte, N. C. 

C. B. Mooney Cornelius, N. C. 

Ordained Ministers. 
J. Q. Adams Charlotte, K C. 

D. M. Austin Charlotte, N. C. 

J. E. Brown Matthews, N. C. 

E. E. Bomar Charlotte, K C. 

S. F. Conrad Charlotte, N. C. 

J. F. Davis Charlotte, N. C. 

J. C. Gillespie , Charlotte, N. C. 

D. F. Helms Charlotte, N. C. 

H. H. Hulten Charlotte, N. C. 

W. A. Hough Cornelius, N. C. 

J. L. Kirk Newell, K C. 

J. J. McLendon Matthews, N. C. 

L. R. Pruett Charlotte, N. C. 

P. H. Parnell Grover, N. C. 

W. B. Renfrow Matthews, K C. 

J. W. Snider , Concord, N. C. 

W. T. Talbirt Concord, N. C. 

S. N. Watson . . . . . . Concord, K C. 

W. E. Watkins Concord, K C. 

A. W. Wilcox Mooresville, N. C. 



Report of the Association. 



The twenty-second annual session of the Mecklenburg and Ca- 
barrus Association was opened by religious services being conduct- 
ed by Rev. Livingston Johnson at 11 a. m., Dr. Hulten being absent, 
and at 11:50 W. C. Dowd being delayed, Rev. L. R. Pruett was 
elected Moderator pro tern, and W. M. Lyles, Clerk, being absent 
Dr. H. C. Herring was elected Clerk pro tern, Secretary callina- th« 
roll of churches. This being done and a quorum being present, 
the following messengers were duly enrolled : 

Arlington— E. H. Williams, W. M. Connell, V. B. Estridge and 
Q. H. Linker. 

Clear Creek — J. S. Reeder, A. W. McManess and J. F. Reeder. 

Cold Water— J. W. Connell and W. H. Brafford. 

Cornelius — C. D. Rudding, A. P. Sweet, C. B. Mooney. 

Chadwick — Letter read but no messengers. 

First Church, Charlotte — W. C. Dowd, J. E. Murphy, Rev. Jas. 
Pruett and Dr. H. H. Hulten. 

First Church, Concord — T. D. Maness, F. P. Smith, D. Kerns 
and Floyd Corzine. 

Friendship — A. C. Fisher and C. Garrison. 

Huntersville — Rev. W. A. Hough. 

Independence Hill — S. W. Davis, C. B. Flowers and J. C. God- 
frey. 

Louise — Josiah Allen, J. B. Caldwell, A. B. McKinnon and 
J. A. Newton. 

Long Creek — J, L. Underwood. 

Matthews — T. D. Newell and J. W. Pittman. 

Newell — Ray AiT^tin and J. L. Kirk. 

Ninth Avenue, Charlotte — C. B. Rogers, P. A Bowden, T. J. 
Spran9:le, J. L. Cashion, Rev. S. F. Conrad and Rev. R. L. Pruett. 

Piuevilie — A. L. Helms, J. D, IV'eliure and W. C. Storratte. 

Pleasant Plains — J. E. Broom, W. S. Paxton, J. H. Wilson and 
H. L. Helms. 

Pritchard Memorial. Charlotte — Dr. E. E. Bomar. 

Rock Hill— A. D. Criscoe. 

Second Church, Concord — J. N. Perry, J. K. Gurley, L. H. 
Hensel, A. T. Wentz and W. E. AVatkins. 

Union Grove — J. C. Heglar and G. 0. Hastings. 

West Concord— W. F. Stegall, T. B. Talbirt and Rer. W. T. 
Talbirt. 



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Wilson's Grove— A. L. Pigg and W. R. Small. 

Zion — J. M. Funderburk, J. S. Kiser and Henry Denny. 

The enrollment of messengers being finished the election of 
officers was the next tbino' in order, and resnlted as follows: 

Moderator— W. C. Dowd. 

Clerk— r. D. Maness. 

Treasurer— D. W. Fink. 

The Moderator announced the following committee on ''Order 
of Business: " 

Rev. S. N. Watson, Dr. H. H. Hulten and Rev. L. R. Pruett. 

The committee on ''Order of Business" made a partial report 
as follows: 

To assemble at 3:30. 

State Mission report. 3 :45. 

Adjourn at pleasure. 

Introductory Sermon, 7 :30. 

Report on Temperance, 8:30. 

Motion made and carried to dispense with the reading of 
church letters. 

A committee on "Digest of Church Letters" was named as 
follows : 

S. F. Conrad, W. E. Watkins and E. E. Bomar. 

List of letters fron^i different churches filed. 

The Moderator announced that the hour had arrived for report 
on State Missions and Rev. Livingston Johnston submitted the 
following : 

Report on State Missions. 

There are in the State one hundred and fifty Missionaries, 
preaching at over three hundred regular stations and a number of 
art. stations. Last year the missionaries reported 2,800 professions 
of faith and 2,100 baptisms. Tlie reports so far indicate that great- 
ei" results may be expected this year. In addition to the mission- 
aries, two evangelists have been employed, one for the East and one 
for the West, These evangelists aid the missionaries in evangelis- 
tic meetings. They have been very successful in this work, and the 
wisdom of the convention, in authorizing their appointment, is 
amply justified. They are preaching all the time, but cannot ac- 
cept anything like all the invitations that come for their services. 
Though much has been accomplished bv the work of State Mis- 
sions very much remains to be done. There are vast stretches of 
destitution still to be found in the country districts in many sec- 
tions of the State. There are at least five counties in no one of 
vrhich a Baptist preacher could be supported, w^ere it not for the 
aid extended by the Board. New towns are springing up and old 
ones are taking on new life because of the very rapid material 
development of our State. Many of these towns are unable to 



oope with the situation, and unless aided by the Board, the day 
of our opportunity will be gone. 

Aside from the direct results of State Mission work, much is 
being done indirectly. There is not a department of our work that 
does not feel the influence of State Missions. It is the foundation 
on which they all rest, the base of supplies from which they all 
draw. For our denomination to relax its efforts in the work of 
State Missions would be as foolish and short-sighted as for the 
farmer to grind his seed corn. Every dollar that is wisely ex- 
pended in the work of State Missi'ons, makes itself felt in every 
enterprise and undertaking of our denomination. 

Forty thousand dollars is the amount we have to raise for 
State Missions this year. Up to this good hour not more than one- 
tenth of that amount has come into the hands of the treasurer.. 
Our Association is receiving more from the Board than we raise 
for State Missions. We recommend that the Association increase 
its pledges for next year at least thirtv-three and a third per cent. 

LIVINGSTON JOHNSON. 

Report received and diacussed by Rev. Livingston Johnston. 
Report unanimously adopted and pledges taken to the amount '^1 
$819.00. (See table). 

The following '^Finance Committee" was named: 

J. E. Murphv, W. J. Braxton and E. H. Williams. 

Motion made and carried to adjourn until 2 o'clock. 

Prayer by H. H. Hulten. 



TUESDAY EVOKING. 

Session opened at appointed time, 3:30. 

Report on Temperance was called for and Rev. S. F. Conrad 
submitted the following report: 

Report on Temperance. 

It is a cause for much gratitude and rejoicing that a radical 
change has come in public sentiment toward the liquor traffic. This 
we believe to be due to the agitation of its enormous evils and its 
damage to the lives, character and health of the people, besides as 
being the greatest crime producer of the age. Liquor and crime are 
almost synonimous terms. It is said by the Judges of our courts 
that 85 per cent, of all the crime on our criminal dockets is from 
liquor. In a recent address by a brother Pickard of Lynchburgf, 
Va., in which he said his figures were from the court records of the 
State of Massachusetts running through a period of twenty years, 
and that 84 per cent, of all the crime recorded was from liquor. In 
the records of Prohibition towns and those with licensed saloons 
there is a most striking contrast as to the record of crime. In 
Prohibition Charlotte the number of criminal cases recorded 
for one month as against Asheville and Winston was 184 to 500 



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in each of these towns. The relation of the open saloon to crime 
is more than double the criTTip in pvnhih't^'-} territorj^, and this too 
where it is evident that pro'ii':)jtion iaeiriLis'S oi the m.enace of liquor 
localities cannot have its full force and effec.'.. 

Salisbury is now the onij/ liquor t)" • ' • t'lis section of the 
State, and with its 7 (l^-iVHeries and ' or 15 barrooms it 

has become a cess pool o^ ^ '-iuity and is nenuing out its soul damn- 
ing and life destroying* liquors into all the surrounding country. 
We believe that no communit,-' possesses the moral right and 
neither should it have the legal rigiit to engage in a business which 
is destructive to the lives and happiness oi o.iU^rs. We express it 
as the conviction of this Association that every good man should 
use his earnest endeavors to put a stop to this corrupting business. 
We rejoice in the work of the Anti-Saloon League in its efforts to 
secure prohibition for the whole State, and commend its work to 
the pastors and churches of this association to give it their most 
hearty co-operation and financial aid. 

S. F. CONRAD. 

Report received and discussed by J. F. Davis and S. F. Con- 
rad and unanimously adopted. Motion carried to take a collection 
for Temperance. 

Committee on ^^ Order of Business" makes following report 
«f services Wednesday: 

Report on Periodicals — 10 a. m. 

Report on Orphanage — 10:30 a. m. 

Devotional Exercises — Conducted by W. A. Hough — 9 :30 a. m. 

Adjournment at 12 m. to meet at 3 p. m. 

Devotional Exercises — Rev. S. F. Conrad. 

Report on Foreign Missions — 3 :15 p. m. 

Associational Missions — 4:30 p. m. 

Preaching at 8 p. m. by Dr. H. H. Hulten. 



WEDNESDAY MORNING. 

Session opened at appointed time by singing ' ' 1 love to tell the 
story. ' ' Devotional exercises conducted by Rev. W. A. Hough. 
In the absence of Moderator, Dr. E. E. Bomar was elected Modera- 
tor pro tem., Clerk being absent Rev. W. E. Watkins was elected 
Clerk pro tem. 

The North Charlotte Church applied for admission to the 
Association and was received. 

The Moderator then recognized the following: 

S. N. Hall, representing the Piedmont Evangelist; J. S. Farm- 
er, of the Biblical Recorder, and Archibald Johnson, of the Thom- 



asville Baptist Orphanage. North Charlotte being called the fol- 
lowing messenger was enrolled — W. B. Crump. 

Report on Periodicals being called for, Rev. L. R. Pruett filed 
the following: 

Heport on Periodicals. 

The power of the Press is being felt to-day as never before 
in the history of our country. It is for good or bad. Indeed, it 
is well nigh impossible to successfully conduct any kind of business 
•without the use of the Press. Its influence is wonderfully 
felt in the secular and religious worlds. 

The secular and religious newspapers are helpful in their par- 
ticular lines and the State and denomination largely depend on 
their columns for the diffusion of knowledge. 

More than seventy years ago our Baptist Fathers of North 
Carolina recognized the value of a religious paper and they were 
not slow in adopting the Biblical Recorder as the organ of the 
denomination in the State. And to-day, after many years of de- 
nominational success, the Recorder is the same, sound Baptist pa- 
per. This paper has been and is now an important factor in our 
Baptist life and prosperity. 

It gives us great pleasure to command the North Carolina 
Baptist to the favorable consideration of our people. Because of 
its past record, its unrelenting endeavors against the liquor biisi- 
ness, and its helping hand in all the work of the denomination, it is 
worthy of a place among us. 

We also heartily commend Charity and Children, our orphan- 
age paper, and we earnestly urge our churches and Sunday Schools 
to give place for this worthy messenger, which tells us about the 
work of our orphanag-e at Thomasville. 

We would call attention to the Home Field, the Foreign Mis- 
sion Journal, and to all worthy papers seeking recognition among 
us 

We should not stop in our efforts to circulate these .papers 
until there is a Baptist paper in every Baptist home. 

L. R. PRUETT. 

Report received. L. R. Pruett yields to J. S. Farmer who dis* 
cusses the same. S. F. Conrad also makes speech on report. Upon 
motion report is unanimously adopted. 

Report on Ministerial Relief was called for and the same was 
made by Rev. W. T. Talbirt as follows : 

Report on Ministerial Relief. 

This Board is established for the purpose of aiding our old 
wornout ministers, who have given their lives to the service of God, 
and for the salvation of souls. There are now thirty-two of them 
dependent upon this Board for food and raiment. They are now 
receiving the small pittance on an average of about $65 each per 
year. 

Brethren, do we believe the Word of God ? The Lord says in 



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Luke: 21-33, '^ Heaven and earth shall pass away hut my words- 
shall not pass aAvay." Proverbs: 11-25, ''The liberal soul shall, 
be made fat." Luke: 6-38, "Give and it shall be given unto you^ 
for with the same measure that ye mete witlial it shall be meas-: 
ured to you again." Acts: 20-35^ "It is m>ore blessed to give than 
to receive." 

With these Gospel truths before us^ how can we as the great 
Baptist host of North Carolina refuse to come with our means and 
prayer to help these needy ones. May the good Lord give us 
hearts of sympathy and a spirit to do our duty. 
Respectfullv submitted, 

W. T, TALBIRT. 

Report received and discussed by W. T. Talbirt and Archibald 
Johnston and adopted, pledges taken amounting to $88.00. (See 
table). ^ . ' 

Report on Orphanage was presented by Archibald Johnston, 
as follows: 

Report on Orphanage. 

There are 350 children at the Orphanag^e and many others 
kuockins at the doors for admittance. 

The cost of maintaining a child is $6.28 per month. This makes 
it necessary to secure $500.00 each week in order to pay the cur- 
rent expenses of the institution. 

We have a plant worth $200,000.00 including the invested 
fund. The only source of supply for the support of the institution 
is the Baptist people of North Carolina. 

Some live hundred Sunday Schools are giving a monthly col- 
lection to the Orphanage. This has proved exceeding^ly helpful and 
we commend it to every Sunday School in the Mecklenburg and 
Cabarrus Association. It has proved to be a blessing to the Sunday 
S..'hools as well as a great help to the Orphanage. 

The erection of an infirmary is the pressing need of the year. 
The Baptist women of the State are undertaking to erect this 
building: Avhich will stand as a memorial to our North Carolina 
Baptist womanhood. 

ARCHIBALD JOHNSTON. 

The report was received and discussed by Archibald Johnston 
and H. H. Hulten. Praver bv H. H. Hulten. Pledges taken to the 
amount of $432.50. (See table). 

Committee on "Order of Business" makes the following re- 
port: 

WEDNESDAY EVENING. 

Devotional Exercises conducted by J. L. Kirk — 3 :00. 
Foreign Missions — 3 :15. , . 



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Assoeiational Missions — 4 :30. 
■Sermon by Dr. Hulten at 8 o 'clock. 

THURSDAY MORNING. 

Devotional Exercises conducted by J. C. Gellespie — 9:30. 
Report on HomB Missions by S. F. Conrad — 10 o 'clock. 
Report on Education by J. S. Farmer^ll o'clock. 
Benediction by H. H. mrlten— 12 :30. 
Meeting adjourned until 3 p. m. 



WEDNESDAY EVENlNa. 

The Association convened at 3 o'ciock. Devotional exercises 
•conducted by J. L. Kirk. Prayer by J. C. Geltespie. 

Committee on ^'Time, Place and Preacher:" L. R. Pruett, W. 
E. "VVatkins and J. B. Flowers. 

L. R. Pruett discussed Union Meeting and revival of the samev 
Motion made and carried to have Union meeting. • 
Committee on ^^ PI ace and Program" for next union meeting: 
L. R. Pruett, W. E. Watkins and n. W. Fink. 

Moderator announced that the time had arrived for a report 
t)n Foreign Missions, and Dr. H. H. Hulten submitted the follow- 
ing: 

Report on Foreign Missions. 

The Baptists of the Southland have cause for great rejoicing. 
On the last day of April, 1907, the Books of the Board at Rich^ 
mond were closed without a debt; thus marking the most prosper- 
ous year in the history of our foreign mission enterprise. In the 
number of missionaries at work; the amount of money expended; 
and best of all, in the number of conversions reported, the year 
ending with April, 1907, was by far our greatest and most pros- 
perous year. At the recent meeting of the Southern Baptist Con- 
vention, three things were evident of which it will be well for this 
association to take note. First: A larger and a more divinely 
inspired emphasis on our foreign mission work. We are not over 
zealous when we say the new day has fully dawned. Henceforth^ 
that pastor, that church, that church member, whether he be in the 
city or country, who does not give liberally and cheerfully of his 
love and prayers and substance to foreign missions, can no longer 
be considered a vital factor in the business of the Kingdom. 

Second: Another thing which gives hope and inspiration to our 
foreign mission work is the organization among Southern Baptists 
of the ''Layman's Missionary Movement." To many, this seems 
to be the most significant missionary movement of our times. It 



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is designed chiefly to stimulate the conscience of Southern Baptist 
men in our supreme effort to give the Gospel to the entire heathen 
world in our own generation. 

Third: Another feature of our convention, which was even 
more inspirational than the other two was the raising of a new 
standard of giving to missions. When Brother Brooks of Rome^ 
Ga., on the floor of the convention g'ave the magnificent sum of 
$50,000,00 to foreign missions, he ushered in a new day of giving. 
Henceforth, we shall witness the giving,' not of hundreds of dollars^ 
but rather the giving of thousands by private individuals whom 
God has blessed with large means. Thus, more and more, we are 
coming to see that it is not so much a question as to how much 
we are able to give but rather, how much of all that belongs to the 
Lord, dare we retain for ourselves. | 

Then there are other features of our work which we must not 
fail to mention, since they are so large with the promise of good 
results. There are the publication and medical departments of our 
foreign work. Through the former, Christiau literature and the 
Word itself is being placed in the hands of the natives. Through 
the latter out missionaries find easy access into the hearts of all 
who need help. But equally as important as either of these is the 
Theological Department. In Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Africa, China 
and soon in Japan, we have established Theological Seminaries. 
These schools enable us to train and send out large numbers of na- 
tive workers at much less time and expense than to train them in 
our own country. These missionaries at present are greatly ham- 
'-ered by lack of funds and equipment, but after we shall come 
.0 see their great importance, provision will be made for them. For 
above every other agency the hope for the speedy evangelization of 
the world, depends uj)on the well trained native pastors and 
evangelists who come from these Theological Seminaries. 

And lastly, the report would not be complete without some 
reference to all those noble women who have labored with us so 
faithfully in the gospel. In looking over the statistical table for 
the past year, we find that North Carolina has special cause to be 
proud of her Baptist women. In the woman's work Virginia 
leads with $12,673.08, Georgia follows in a close second with $12,- 
588.82. Then comes our North Carolina women, $8,908.82. Let 
it never be forgotten by our Baptist men of North Carolina that 
our beloved State occupies the position she does in the missionary 
work of the world largely on account of our Avomen. 
Respectfully submitted, 

H. H. HULTEN. 

Report received and discussed by H. H. Hulten and E. E. Bo- 
mar. Report unanimously adopted and pledges taken to the amount 
of $1,076.50. (See table). 

Associational Missions was discussed by W. T. Talbirt, W. F. 



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Stegall, J. C. Gellespie, W. A. Hough, J. L. Kirk and H. C. Herring. 

L. R. Pruett makes speech telling effect of the missionary 
work in the city of Concord and advocates Rev. W. T. Talbirt as 
City Missionary. ' 

The Moderator appoints the follownig committee to nominate 
delegates to the State Convention: 

S. F. Conrad, S. N. Watson and C. GaiTison. 

Committee on ''Union Meeting Proo-ram:" 

D. W. Fink, W. E. Watkins and L. R. Pruett. 

Committee to nominate ' ' Executive Committee : ' ' 

H. C. Herring, W. A. Plough and A. W. Morgan. . 

The Financial Committee makes report as follows: 

iteport of Financial Committee. 

Received for Minutes $43.00 

State Missions 99.15 

Home Missions 36.42 

Foreign Missions 37.84 

Ministerial Education 2.35 

Orphanage 69.20 

Ministerial Relief 17.40 



$305.26 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. E. MURPPIY, Chairman. 
E. H. WILLIAMS. 
Report unanimously adopted. 

D. W. Fink filed report on missions as follows: 

Treasurer's Report. 

For past Associate Year: 

Home Missions $22.77 

Foreign Missions 72.00 

State Missions 51.10 

Ministerial Relief 2.93 

Total $148.80 

Respectfully submitted, 

D. W. FINK, Treasurer. 

Report unanimously adopted. 

The report of committee on ''Time and Place of Association" 
was filed as follows: 

Time — Tuesday before the second Sunday in September, 19 ?3. 
Place — Clear Creek 



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Introductory Sermon — By S. N. Watson. 

Committee — W. E. Watkins, J, B. Flowers, L. R. Prnett. 

S. F. Conrad makes motion to change day of meeting from 
Tuesday to Thursday. Motion withdrawn. Report unanimously 
adopted. 

W. E. Watkins asks association to recommend Brother Travis 
Honeycutt as a worthy and upright young man, which was unani- 
moLisly adopted. 

The Moderator reports the following for the next Session of 
Association : 

To make report on Foreign Missions — Dr. E. E. Bomar. 

To make report on State Missions — Rev. L. R. Pruett. 

To make report on Home Missions— Rev. S. N. Watson. 

To make report on Orphanage — Dr. H. H. Hulten. 

To make report on Periodicals — Rev. W. A. Hough. 

To make report on Sunday Schools — Dr. H. C. Herring. 

To make report on Education — Rev. W. E. Watkins. 

To make report on Temperance — Rev. S. F, Conrad. 



THURSDAY MORNING SESSION. 

Devotional Exercises conducted by J. C. Gellespie — ^9:30. 
The Moderator being absent L. R. Pruett was elected Moderator 
pro tern. 

E. E. Bomar makes motion that W. A. Hough be recommend- 
ed as representative of the Home Board, which unanimously car- 
ried. 

Upon motion of Dr. E. E. Bomar, L. R. Pruett was appointed 
representative of Foreign Missionary Board. 

H. C. Herring for Executive Committee reports as committee 
of the Association: 

L. R. Pruett, S. K Watson, W. A. Hough, E. E. Bomar and 
R. H. Herring. 

Committee on Representation to State Convention named the 
following : 

S. N. Watson, C. B. Mooney, T. D. Maness and S. F. Conrad. 

Committee on ^'Digest of Church Letters" filed the following 
report : 

Report on Digest of Church Letters. 

We iind all the churches represented and the letters for the 
most part full of encouragement, while others are far from beings 
satisfactory. 

Eighteen churches report 187 baptisms, without the report 
from the First Baptist Church of Charlotte which sent in no letter. 



15 

Fifteen churches report a gain in membership while 8 report 
a loss in the aggregate numbering 64. 

The net gain reported in the letters is 203. 

The following churches report a loss in membership: 

Cold Water 6, Friendship 1, Louise 18, Matthews 12, Newell 
16, Pleasant Plains 6, Second Church, Concord, 3, Zion 2. 

The following report a gain: 

Clear Creek 3, Cornelius 12, First Church, Concord, 32, Hunt- 
ersville 3, Independence Hill 2, Ninth Avenue 59, Long Creek 4, 
Pineville 11, Pritchard Memorial 55, Rock Hill 3, Union Grove 2, 
West Concord 3, Wilson's Grove 3, North Charlotte 46. 

Many of the letters we tind badly written and full of inaccur- 
acies and really dishonoring to God because of the careless way in 
which they are gotten up and compiled. 

In the financial columns there is much that is unsatisfactory 
and discouraging and shows a lack of system and a failure on the 
part of the pastors in charge properly bringing the great objects 
of benevolence before their people. 

We find 8 churches report nothing for State Missions, 8 re- 
port nothing for Home Missions, 6 report nothing for Foreign 
Missions, 8 report nothing for the Orphanage. 

Only two churches have contributed anything for Ministerial 
Education, viz: Pritchard Memorial giving $10 and Cornelius $1. 

Thirteen churches report nothing for Old Ministers Relief, 
while eleven churches report the sum of $20.30. 

In this summary two churches, the Fir^t Church, Charlotte, 
and the First Church, Concord, have failed to give the statistics 
of their churches and this will reduce the delinquent list as given 
above. 

The letters report $8,593.45 for pastors salaries. Building 
and repairs, $7,764.40; other objects, $767.11; State Missions, 
$360.02; Home Missions, $405.60; Ministerial Education, $11; Old 
Ministers Relief, $20.30; for the Orphanage, $237.44; for the poor, 
$72.04; making a grand total of $18,350, and Avith the gifts from 
the First Church, Charlotte, and the First Church, Concord, will 
bring the aggregate up to about $25,000. 

We desire to recommend that the Clerk supply all the clerks 
of the churches at least two months before the next association. 
Also that the clerk of the association see to it that all the col- 
umns of figures be added up. 

S. F. CONRAD, 
E. E. BOMAR, 
W. E. WATKINS, 
Committee. 

The same was discussed by E. E. Bomar and S. F. Conrad, re- 
port unanimously adopted. 

The Moderator announced that time had arrived for report 
on Home Missions and S. F. Conrad submitted the following: 



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Report on Home Missions. 

The work of the Home Mission Board is of immeasurable im- 
portance. 

First: Because of the territory it covers. For the richness 
of its resources in agriculture, manufacturers, coal oil and iron, 
and its almost unlimited water powers and the great variety of its 
timber products, along with its climatic advantages makes it now 
the most inviting field in the world for the investment of capital. 
Already the percentage of immigration coming to this country has 
turned southward since 18§0, and when we' remember that 120,000 
foreigners are coming to this country annually, it becomes a ques- 
tion of momentus importance to us to give them the Gospel, for if 
we fail to do it in time we may repent when it will be too late. 

Second : The work is important because of the immensity of 
the territory to be occupied. The State of Oklahoma is larger 
than all the New England States by more than 8,000 square miles. 
It is really an empire within itself. 

The State of Texas is more than double the size of the orig- 
inal thirteen States, and has as many square miles of territory 
as Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, 
Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Deleware, 
Maryland and the District of Columbia, with a remaining area 
larger than any Southern State east of the Mississippi River. 

Besides this we have Cuba, Louisiana with its New Orleans, 
and Missouri with its St. Louis and scores and hundreds of grow- 
ing towns in many States. 

Third: It is important because of the character of the field. 
The territoiy is peculiarly inviting to Baptists, as there is no 
territory on the globe where Baptist Principles have been mora 
cordially received and where it is so easy to make Baptists, Nearly 
19,000 Baptisms last year is a great encouragement to enlarge this 
work. We especially urge our churches to enlarge their contribu- 
tions to this work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

S. F. CONRAD. 

Report received and discussed by S. F. Conrad. Report unan- 
imously adopted and pledges taken to the amount of $856.00. 
(See table.) 

The Moderator announced that all the ladies of the Woman's 
Missionary Society would meet in the Ladies' Parlor of the First 
Presbyterian Church at 5 o'clock. 

Report on Education by J. S. Farmer was submitted as fol- 
lows: 

.1 

Report on Education. 

Baptists have ever stood for culture. They were the first peo- 



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pie to found a ueiiomiuatioiial college in this State. They lead 
all others in the number and efficiency of their schools to-day. 
We have to-day tifteen schools of high grade and four colleges in 
the State. These are all tilled to overfloAving. 

While these things are true and there are many other hopeful 
things that might be said, yet there are many battles yet to be 
fougiit, much work yet to be done. We should not be happy till 
every worthy boy and girl in the State has a chance to prepare for 
the strenuous duties which are just ahead of us. 

We, therefore, beg our people to send their sons to Wake Forr- 
est College. It has no superior in the whole South. The Baptist 
University for Women at Raleigh is worthy of our undivided pat- 
ronage. Your daughter will here receive culture and training for 
usefulness second to none in the South. 

There are more than three hundred and fifty pupils in each of 
these schools. We recommend that the brethren of this association 
join heartily in the work now being conducted by Prof. J. B. Car- 
lyle, in which campaign he will raise one hundred and fifty thous- 
and dollars to increase the endowment of Wake Forest. Let ev- 
ery church have some part in this glorious work. We are going 
to succeed. Do you w^ant to share the joys of victory? If so, make 
some subscription to be paid before December the thirty-first, 1910. 

Then there is our Ministerial Education Board that must be 
increased in efficiency. There will be no fewer than sixty young 
ministers at Wake Forest this year, many of these are very poor, 
^ and must be aided by the Board. 

Let us make our contributions at least twenty-five per cent, 
larger than last year. Lets turn on the light and drive the dark- 
ness away. Respectfully submitted, 

J. S. FARMER. 

Report received and discussed by Prof. J. B, Carlyle and S. F. 
Conrad, report unanimously adopted. 

S. F. Conrad makes talk on Ministerial Education and pledges 
to the amount of $64.95 were taken. (See table). 

Report on Sunday School submitted by S. N. Watson as fol- 
lows: 

Report on Sunday School. 

Your committee beg leave to report all the churches of our 
association, so far as we are informed, have Sunday Schools. 

How^ to bring these schools up to the highest state of efficiency 
is the question of paramount importance. We believe that pas* 
tors, superintendent and teachers are chiefly responsible for their 
success and would urge upon all such to do their best to bring our 
schools up to the full measure of their usefulness. It should be 
our high aim to secure the best teachers, the best literature, the 



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best equipments and the largest attendance. The Word of God' 
ouoht to be the text book, the devout Christian ought to be the 
teacher, the method and spirit ot Jesus should reign supreme, and 
the conversions cif souls and the glory of God should be the aim 
and end of our achievement. 

We recommend renewed diligence in this work. 

S. N. WATSON. 

The report received and discussed by S. N. Watson and J. B. 
Carlyle. Report unanimously adopted. 

D. W. Fink discusses the matter of minutes^ collection is 
taken amounting to $43.00. 

Committee on Time and Place for next Union Meeting sub- 
mitted the following: 

Time^Friday before the Fifth Sunday in September, 1907. 

Place — Arnngton. 

Introductory Sermon— By J. C. Genespie. 

The foUowdup' resolution ot thanks was offered by D. W. Fink 
and unanimously adopted by standing vote : 

Resolved, That this Association extend a vote of thanks to the 
good people of Concord for their kindness and hospitality during 
the session of this body. 

12:15 p. m., the Moderator announced that the business ses- 
sion of the Twenty-Second Annual Session of the Mecklenburg 
and V. abarrus Association had been finished, and a motion made 
and carried. to adjourn to meet as previous announcement. After 
singing, ''Blest be the Ties that Bind," and benediction by Dr. E. 
E. Bo mar, the Twenty-Second Annual Session of the Mecklenburg 
and Cabarrus Association closed. 

W. C. DOWD, Moderator. 
T. D. MANESS, Clerk. 



(Some of the church letters did not reach me until October 
otli, Avhich accounts for the delay in getting out the minutes. — 
T. D. Maness). 



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The next session will be held with Chadwick Baptist Church, 
Charlotte, on Tuesday before the third Sunday in September, 
1909, it being the 14th day of September, beginning at 11 o'clock, 
A. M. Introductory sermon will be preached by Rev. J. C. Gilles- 
pie, Charlotte, N. C. 



PEOPLES PRINT SHOP 
CONCORD. N. C, 



Report of Association. 



The twenty-third annual session of the Mecklenburg and Ca- 
barrus Association was opened by religious services being con- 
ducted by Dr. H. H. Hulten, at 11 o 'clock, a. m. Rev. S. N. Watson 
being absent, W. C. Dowd, Moderator and T. D. Maness, Clerk. A 
quorum being present the roll of churches was called and the fol- 
lowing messengers enrolled: 

Arlington — E. H. Hinson, A. R. Hardy. 

'Clear Creek — R. H. McManess, L. S. Helms, Steve Connell; 
Alternates, L. S. Pigg, R. B. Pope and J. F. Reader. 

Cold Water— V. C. Earnhardt and J. W. Connell. 

Cornelius — C. A. Hudspeth, T. B. White and Jonathan Mooney. 

Chadwick — J. A .Combs and J. D. Moore. 

First Church, Charlotte— Dr. H. H. Plulten, J. A. Durham, W. 
C. Dowd and Rev. J. Pruett. 

First Church, Concord — Dr. H. C. Herring and T. D. Maness. 

Second Church, Concord — Rev. D. F. Helms and J. W. Hansell. 

West Concord— W. T. Talbirt and J. W .Snider. 

Friendship ■ 

Huntersville — W. A. Hough. 

Independence Hill — C. S. Davis, H. B. Blackburn and J. R. 
MeCurdy. 

Louise — M. J, Green, C. F. Childen, S. A. Helms and Rev. J. 
C. Gillespie. 

Long Creek — L. L. Grass and W. D. Bady. 

Matthews— F. M. Abernathy, G. A. Newell and T. J. Renfrow. 

Newell — Jas. Medlin and Rev. J. L. Kirk. 

Ninth Avenue, Charlotte — T. J. Sprinkle, R. J. Boyd and Rev. 
R. L. Pruett. 

North Charlotte— S. F. Conrad. 

Pineville — ■ 

Pleasant Plains — W. S. Packston and J. E. Broom. 

Pritehard Memorial, Charlotte — Dr. E. E. Bomar, Rev. D. M. 
Austin, W. F. Dowd and J. J. Ezell. 

Rock Hill- 
Union Grove — Rev. D. A. Tedder. 

Wilson's Grove— W. G. Stegall, W .R. Small and E. H. Mullis. 

Zion — Oscar Kiser. 

The enrollment of messengers being finished the election of 
offi'Cers was taken up and resulted as follows : 

Moderator— W. C. Dowd. 

Clerk— T. D. Maness. 

Treasurer — D. W. Fink. 



The Moderator appointed the following committee o^' *'OrcTer 
of Business": 

Dr. H. H. Hulten, H. C. Herring and D. M. Austin., 
At 12 :30 meeting adjourned to convene at 1 :30. 



TUESDAY EVENING. 

Session opened at appointed time, 1:30^ Rev. L. R. Pruett in 
the chair, prayer by Dr. Jno. E. Ray. W. C. Dowd takes the chair. 

Committee on ''Order of Business" makes the following re- 
port :• 

2 P. M. — Report on State Missions, L. R. Pruett. 

Report on Home Missions, S. N. Watson . 
Discussed, Livingstone Johnston. 

3 P.M. — Report on Associational Missions, discussed l>y Pruett^ 

Gillespie^ Moose, Kirk, Combs, Plaugh^ Talbirt and Snider, 



WEDNESDAY, 9:30 A. M, 

Devotional services by D. Allen Tedder. 
Pledges for State and Plome Missions. 
10 a. m. — Report on Foreign Missions, E. E. Bomar, 
Pledges. 

10:45 a. m. — Report on Orphanage, H. H. Hulten. 
Pledges. 

]1:30 a. m — Report on. Sunday schools, Dr .H. C. Herring. 
12:30 p. m.— Adjourn. 

2 p. m. — Devotional exercises, Brother Moose. 
^ :15 p. m.— Report on Periodicals, W. A. Hough, 
2:30 p. m. — Report on Temperance, S. F .Conrad. 
3:15 p. m.— Report on Ministerial Relief, W. T. Talbirt. 
Pledges. 

3 :30 p. m. — Report of Committees. 

Report on Orphanage called for and Dr. H. H. Hulten sub- 
mitted the following report: 

Report on Orphanage. 

The past associational year has been one of unequalled pros- 
perity for the Orphanage. God, through His people, has been gra- 
cious in the gifts of funds to carry forward a number of new en- 
terprises. The past year has witnessed the completion of the Li- 
brary Building at a cost of $3,000, the gift of J. B. Richardson, 
of High Point. The Infirmary Building is nearing completion, at 
a cost of $15,000. This building, one of the handsomest of its kind 
in the South, is the gift of the Baptist women of the State. 

At present there are 375 children in the Orphanage with 
many more knocking at the door for admittance. The cost of keep- 
ing a child with all accessories, is $6.08, which shows the splendid 
style of economy practiced at the Orphanage. 



The past year has been one of great prosperity for the Charity 
and Children, the official organ of our Orphanage. Over and above 
all operating expenses the paper turned $1859 into the Orphanage 
Treasury. The past year has also been marked with great health 
on the part of the children. Not a single death for the past twelve 
months. 

At present our Baptist Orphanage at Thomasville represents 
an enterprise valued at $200,000. 

H. H. HULTEN. 

Report received and discussed by Dr. Hulten and adopted and 
pledges taken to amount of $631.00. (See Table.) 

W. A. Hough made the following report on Periodicals: 

Report on Periodicals. 

In the beginning of the nineteenth century, before we had ad- 
vanced much as Baptist people, our forefathers conceived the great 
need of religious literature. Since that time we have done more than 
ever before, and our religious papers have been one of the greatest 
agencies in accomplishing this noble work. It is true, sadly true, 
they are not read as they should be, and that sometimes they con- 
tain erronious articles, but on the whole their matter is good and 
helpful. 

What we need today as pastors and Sunday School workers is 
more reading. 

I cannot believe, or at least I don't see how, anyone can be an 
intelligent Baptist or an aggressive Christian worker without read- 
ing one or more of our papers. He most certainly cannot keep up 
with the doings in general of the Baptist people. Resolved, There- 
fore: That we do all we can to place in every home the following 
periodicals, viz.. The Biblical Recorder ,Foreign Mission Journal, 
Charity and Children and Our Home Field. 

Respectfully, 

W. A. HOUGH. 

Report unanimously adopted. 

The Moderator calls for report on Temperance and Rev. S. F. 
Conrad filed the following: 

Report on Temperance. 

Temperance has been defined to be the moderate use of all 
things necessary ,and total abstinence from things unnecessary. 
The use of strong drink as a beverage is neither necessary for 
health nor helpful, but on the other hand has proven to be one 
■of the greatest curses to the human family of modern times. It is 
asserted without contradiction, that more people are killed by in- 
toxicating liquors than the three greatest curses of war, famine and 
pestilence. So manifold is this alarming statement that the world 
is rising up in condemnation of it in all of its forms. There is 
scarcely a civilized nation on the globe which is not agitated over 
the ruinous effects of alchohol. It is a matter of gratitude that 



the people of North Carolina have expressed their conviction hy 
popular vote and have declared by more than forty-four thousand 
majority against licensed saloons and the manufacture of liquor 
for general promiscuous use. 

But let us not conclude that this ends the fight against its 
abuse. We need to protect our laws which have already been made 
and to wage an unrelenting war against the lawless element who 
seek to violate the laws and create a worse action of the people. 
We would especially urge every Christian man and woman to be 
most vigilant in keeping out a return of the evils of the traffic and 
also in bringing violators of the law to justice. 

S. F. CONRAD. 

Report discussed by S. F. Conrad and adopted. 

W. T. Talbirt filed the following report on Ministerial Relief: 

Report on Mnisterial Relief. 

Christ said, ''The poor ye have with you and when ye will ye 
may do them good" — Luke 14:7. 

We understand this to apply to the poor in general; but the 
poor we have under consideration are a special class of the poor, 
not having come to poverty through idleness, but by hard work and 
sacrifice for the good of their fellowman, and the honor of God. 

Therefore, there rests upon us a double obligation to contribute 
to their support, not only because they are poor, but as a recom- 
pense for service. 

There are now thirty-four of these poor each receiving an av- 
erage of $135.81 from the Ministerial Relief Board. 

Brethren : how ican these live on this small pittance ? May the 
Lord by his spirit and word appeal to our liberality a ad open hearts 
and pocketbooks. Respectfully Submitted, 

W. T. TALBIRT. 

Report discussed by W. T. Talbirt and adopted, pledges taken 
amounting to $80.00. (See Table.) 

Motion made to amend ''Order of Business'' by which Home 
Missions would now be taken up. Motion lost. 

The Moderator calls for report on State Missions and L. R. 
Pruett files the same, as follows: 

Repor^ij on State Missions. 

It is the primary purpose of the Board to aid in preaching the 
gospel and in planting churches in all the destitute sections of the 
State. Much of the territory, which was once barren and unfruit- 
ful, has been occupied; and where there was once barrenness and 
unfruitfulness, there are strong and prosperous churches. 

Last year about four hundred points were applied by our mis- 
sionaries of the Board and thirty houses of worship were finished 
or in course of construction. We have on the field in the State 160 
Missionaries, working in 51 associations, who reported as the fruit 



of their labors last year 3,229 conversions, 2,372 of whom joined 
Baptist churches. 

Last year the contributions to State Missions by the churches 
of the State reached the sum of about $40,000. If the board had 
the money in hand and the right kind of men could be secured, 
at least $75,000 could wisely and profitably be expended every year 
within the bounds of the Convention. 

The Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association is one of the 51 
in which the Board is doing mission work. It is greatly needed 
for there is much destitution in this growing and important field. 
Within the borders of this Association there are eleven cities and 
towns and a prosperous and well-to-do district. Here is the center 
of cotton manufacturing and is destined to become the electric 
■center of the South ; and hence new industries are attracted and es- 
tablished by which the population is rapidly increased, and our 
mission work is made more important. There are three towns in 
the Association with a population from 500 to 1500 with no houses 
of worship, and in two of which there are no Baptist churches. 
This is saying nothing about the large destitution of the country. 
The field, both in the towns and the country, is especially inviting 
to the Baptists. Will we go over and possess the land? The op- 
portunity is ours. 

Much has been done and we would not be guilty of ingratitude 
to God for his blessings upon us. There are some things, brethren, 
that we ought to remember in connection with our work. We should 
remember with grateful acknowledgment the strong and growing 
churches we have already, and the blessings of God upon our mis- 
sion churches in giving them large numbers to their membership, 
as is shown by their letters. 

It should be remembered that our Association received from 
the Board more than we give to State missions. In the face of 
this fact our contributions to State missions should largely be in- 
creased during the coming year. L. R. PRUETT. 

Report received and discussed by L. R. Pruett and Livingston 
Johnson, report adopted and pledges taken to the amount of 
$1,004.50. (See Table.) 

Associational Missions discussed by S. F. Conrad, J. C. Gil- 
lespie, Brother Moose, D. A. Tedder, Dr. E. E. Bomar, J. A. Combs, 
J. W. Snider, W. T .Talbirt, T. J. Renfrow, W. A. Hough and J. L. 
Kirk. 

This discussion was very interesting and created a great deal 
of interest. 

The report on Home Missions was called for by the Moderator ; 
Report written by S. N. Watson and read by H. C. Herring, and 
filed as follows : 

Report on Home Missions. 

On the 8th day of May 1845, a convention of leading men from 
our Baptist churches in the Southern States met in the city of 



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Augusta, Ga., and organized the Southern Baptist Convention. 
The object was, and is now the extension of the Messiah's king- 
dow and the glory of our Ood. The aggregate membership of the 
southern church at that time did not exceed 450,000, of whom about 
250,000 were whites and 200,000 were blacks. This convention con- 
stituted two boards, one for Foreign Missions and one for Home 
Missions. In its first annual report the Home Board says : Most of 
the organizations have become auxiliary to this board. The policy 
of co-operation is coeval with the convention and has for more 
than half a century received its sanction and support. Tiie Home 
Mission Board is not only supporting missionaries and bailding 
houses of worship in Cuba and the Far West, but it is also estab- 
lishing schools in every Southern State as well. We should, there- 
fore, strive to keep before our people the fact that we arc under 
obligations ,high, deep and strong, to the Home Mission Board. For 
that, we are, both from an educational and religious point of view, 
in a lalge measure, indebted to the efforts put forth by the Board 
as well as for the ability to do what we are doing for foreign mis- 
sions. That God approves of and is smiling on this v/ork is clearly 
shown by the success that has attended the Board's efforts in the 
past. (See page 176, Minutes S. B. C.) 

One of the greatest difficulties in the way of the Home Board 
is that the people do not realize the great needs of the field. It re- 
quires no argument or thought to convince anyone interested in 
missions that there is destitution in China, India or Africa, but 
they are so accustomed to the enjoyment of religious privileges 
themselves that they cannot realize that in this favored land there 
are any communities which are without such privileges. It requires 
facts, arguments and reflections to produce the conviction that there 
is destitution in our Southland, as well as in foreign fields. It is 
a startling thought, that as all are born without knowledge of the 
truth, if evangelistic effort should cease, America would become as 
much a pagan country as China or Africa, within the life of a sin- 
gle generation. It is another startling fact that notwithstanding 
all that has been done by our churches and mission boards in the 
last half century, and the great success that has attended our 
efforts, though the Baptists have increased from 450,000 to more 
than 4,000,000 in this Southland, there are more unregenerated 
persons within the limits of our convention than there were fifty 
years ago. To these we must give the gospel or they will probably 
never receive it. These facts force upon us the conclusion that 
great as has been our success the work of our Baptist churches 
has not been half accomplished, and in view of the rapid increase 
of our population by means of immigration, it becomes us to re- 
double our diligence and let the incoming tide of humanity, be met 
at the ports with the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Hespectf ully submitted, 

S. N. WATSON. 

Report discussed by S. F. Conrad and adopted, pledges taken 



to the amount of $883.50. (See Table.) 

A committee on ' ' Digest of Church Letters ^ ' was named as fol- 
lows : S. F. Conrad, J. C. Gillespie and J. F. Helms. 

A ' 'Finance Committee" was named as follows: H. C. Her- 
ring, J. A. Durham and J. F. Dowd. 



WEDISTESDAY MORNIKO. 

9:30 — ^Devotional exercises conducted by Dr. E. E. Bomar. 

Prayer by W. T. Talbirt and J. F. Helms. 

Brother Livingston Johnston makes offer to give Association 
$1,600.00 provided' it would pledge $1,000.00 for State Missions, 
which offer was accepted and pledges raised. 

The chair announced that the hour had arrived for the report 
on Foreign Missions, and Dr. E. E. Bomar files the follov/ing: 
Report on Foreign Missions. 

Our work conducted by the Foreign Mission Board of the 
Southern Baptist Convention, is in a prosperous condition, though 
greatly hampered by lack of means. By the last report of the 
Board there were 212 missionaries and more than three hundred 
native preachers and other helpers. There were baptized 2,174 
souls for the year ending December 31st. (Latest report.) Of this 
number 571 were from China, 1087 from Brazil and the rest from 
the other fields of the Board, namely: Africa, Italy, Japan, Mexico 
and Argentina. The membership of foreign churches, under our 
board, numbers 14,179, divided among 229 churches. There are 
also more than 500 stations or preaching places not yet developed 
into churches. 

The receipts of the Board for the past year were $402,328.16, 
of this sum North Carolina Baptists gave $35,540.97, and Mecklen- 
burg-Cabarrus Association gave $1,741.85. The receipts last year 
were slightly below the receipts the year before, but nevertheless 
for years the income of the board has steadily increased. The aim 
this year is to raise $500,000. This means an average increase 
throughout the whole South of twenty-five per cent, and that our 
associations should increase their contributions accordingly. But 
some churches have been doing very little and these should double 
or even quadruple their gifts. We Baptists believe in obedience 
to the Lord who said, ''Go ye into all the world and preach the 
gospel." God has given us men and means to obey His command. 
But the painful truth is that either from covetousness or indolence 
or ignorance the means to send missionaries, though in the hands 
of God's people, are not available. It is not right that one hundred 
members should give only fi.ve dollars. 

Your committee believes that our people are not unwilling to 
give. and that some even desire to give liberally but do not know 
how. We suggest, therefore, that every church have a Foreign 
Mission Committee and keep in touch with the Foreign Mission 
Board. By simply writing a postal card to the Foreign Mission 
Board, Richmond, Va., valuable information, as to how to take col- 



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lections and what are the needs of the Board ,ean be obtained free. 

Your committee urges that our people pray sontinually for 
God's cause in foreign lands and that we endeaveor to raise nexr 
year, in this Association, $2,200.00 for Foreign Missions. 
Respectfully Submitted, 

E. E. BOMAR. 

Report received and discussed by Dr. Bomar and L. R. Pruett 
and adopted ,and pledges taken to the amount of $1,039.00. (See 
Table). 

The Moderator appointed the following committee to nominate 
delegates to the State Convention: J. J. Ezell, H. C. Herring and 
Vv' . A. Hough. 

The following committee was appointed to nominate an ^'Ex- 
ecutive Committee": W. F. Dowd, J. W. Snider and W. S. Paxton. 

Committee appointed on time, place and preacher for nexc 
Association: Dr. E. E. Bomar, D. F. Helms and D. M .Austin. 

Report on Orphanage filed by Dr. H. H. Hulten was again 
referred to, and L. R. Pruett desired to know the feature of the 
Orphanage which impressed the visitors most. The feature that 
impressed him mosr v/as the training of the children. Dr. Bonnar 
was impressed with buildings and grounds and cleanliness of rooms^ 
and es|>ecially impressed with dining room. D. F. Helms was im- 
pressed with the manly way in which the children conducted them- 
selves. It was suggested by Brother Pruett that the name of the 
excursion be changed to '^ Picnic of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association." 

Rev, Archibald Johnston made a splendid address and among 
other things spoke of the nev/ buildings, one Librarj^ and the other 
the new Infirmary, stating that there would soon be added to the 
Orphanage a ''Runt Department." 

The Moderator, W. C. Dowd, spoke in the interest of the ex- 
cursion and the running of another, stating that the running of the 
excursion by Bro, J. A. Durham was very successful and enjoyed 
•by all. 

Report on Sunday School was called for and Dr. H. C. Pier- 
ring filed the following : 

Report on Sunday School. 

(Using the First Church of Concord as a Basis.) 
During the past year our Sunday School has been one of 
cheer, one of sorrow. In the beginning of this Associational year 
our Sunday school was well attended and efficiently officered — mak- 
ing satisfactory progress in every department. 

New features had been planned not only to increase the inter- 
est of the older ones ,but especially designed to interest the ''tots," 
to whom the church must look for future numerical and spiritual 
strength. 

One of the features was the establishment of a class for the 
deaf. This class was most intei^sting to the teacher and the effort 



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was highly appreciated by those silent ones, as was indicated by 
their prompt attendance. It is firmly established in the mind of 
this writer that the church, or Sunday-school, is neglecting a great 
duty right here — for those afflicted ones are much more in need of 
information and spiritual development than the hearing. 

During the past summer two great mills were totally destroyed, 

throwing many of uor members out of employment, which resulted 

in a serious loss of both pupils and teachers. They are picking 

up, however, and an effort is being made to regain what was lost. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

H. C. HERRING. 

Report discussed by Dr. H. C. Herring and E. L. Middleton 
and adopted. 

The Moderator reports the following program for the next 
session of the Association: 

To make report on Foreign Missions — ^Dr. H. H. Hulten, 

To make report on State Missions — S. N. Watson. 

To make report on Home Missions — S. F. Conrad. 

To make report on Orphanage — D. M. Austin. 

To make report on Periodicals — J. C. Gillespie. 

To make report on Sunday Schools — T. S. Franklin, 

'To make report on Education — L. R. Pruett. 

To make report on Temperance — W. A. Hough. 

At 12:30 o'clock the meeting adjourned to meet at 1:45. 



WEDNESDAY EVENING. 

1 :45. Devotional exercises conducted by Brother Moose, prayer 
by J. C. Gillespie and Dr. H. H. Hulten, Song ''Work for the 
Night.'* 

Pledges taken as per tables. 

Committee on ' ' Time and Place ' ' makes the following report : 

The next session of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association 
will he held with Chadwick Baptist Church on Tuesday before the 
third Sunday in September, it being the 14th day of September, 
1909, beginning at 11 o'clock, a. m. Introductory sermon by J. C. 
Gillespie. 

D. M. AUSTIN, 

E. E. BOMAR, 
D. F. HELMS, 

Committee. 
Report adopted. 
The ''Finance Committee" filed the following report: 

Report. 
Total funds brought up to Association $275.80, of which 
$30.00 is reported as minute fund, all of which amount has been 



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turned infco Treasurer Fink's hands. 

H. C .HERRING, 
J. A. DURHAM, 
W. F. DOWD, 

Finance Committee, 
The committee to name delegates to State Convention makes 
the following report : 

Report. 
To the Mesklenburg and Cabarrus Association: 

Your committee to name delegates to State Convention names 
the following: J. A. Durham, D. F. Helms, C. J. Davis and T. J, 
Renfrow. 

J. J. EZELL, for Committee. 
The Moderator announced that the time for the report on Ed- 
ucation had arrived, and D. A. Tedder submitted the following: 
Report of Committee on Education. 
Your committee on Education wishes to endorse most heartily 
the determination of the churches of this association to increase 
to $1000.00 their contributions to State Missions. In the same con- 
nection we wish to invite attention to the great need of more relig- 
ious workers and better trained ones. Experience nas shown that 
our denominational schools and colleges turn out more Christians, 
better Christians' and better trained Christian workers than any 
other institutions of learning. We, therefore, call attention to the 
needs of Wake Forest College, our University for Women and our 
various preparatory schools throughout the State. 

Wake Forest had 371 students last year and has just opened 
with an enrollment greater than at the first of any previous session. 
She had more than fifty students last year who were dependent up- 
on the Ministerial Board for assistance. She will probably have a 
larger number of ministerial students at the present session. 

The Baptist University for Women has opened with every room 
occupied. Our preparatory schools are also showing marked prog- 
ress. We urge their staunch patronage and support by our Baptist 
parents. 

Especially do we invite attention to the needs of the Southern 
Baptist Theological Seminary, which was founded and is being con- 
ducted for the better training of our ministers and missionaries. 
The times demand a well educated ministry, and we urge larger 
contributions to ministerial education. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DANIEL ALLEN TEDDER. 
Report discussed by Tedder and adopted. 

■Committee on ^'Digest of Church Letters" filed report as 
follows : 

Report. 

We find by comparison with the work of last year, the Asso- 
ciation as a whole has made commendable progress. Twenty out 



13 

of the twenty-five churches report baptisms, and only three 
churches report a loss in membership. All the churches are rep- 
resented by letters and delegates except one, Friendship. We find 
twenty of the churches report a gain in membership and we note 
the largest net gain is reported by the First Baptist church, Char- 
lotte, reporting a net gain of 103, Chadwick next with 63, Ninth 
Avenue, 41, North Charlotte and Louise reporting each 39, Con- 
cord Second reports 35, Pritchard Memorial 29, Concord West 25, 
Wilson's Grove 24, Cornelius 23, Arlington 22, and others from 
nine down. By comparing the figures with last year we find the 
following: Baptized last year 260, this year 349. Total additions 
last year 664, this year 705. Net gain last year 385, net gain this 
year 461. Total membership last year was 3072, this year 3508. 

In our Sunday School work we note reported last year enrolled 
2157, this year 3172. Only three churches reporting no Sunday 
Schools, Huntersville, Cold Water and Zion. 

We cull the following fignires from the letters as sent out to 
the Assoiciation : 

Pastors Salaries $ 9,724.05 

State Missions 502.77 

Foreign Missions 1,617.63 

Ministerial Education 37.65 

Sunday School Expenses 1,102.37 

Colleges and Schools 25.00 

Colportage . 4.27 

Other Objects 637.95 

Building and Repairs 14,265.85 

Home Missions 1,075.46 

Orphanage 1,013.73 

Old Minister's Relief 22.36 

Poor -197.41 

Sunday School Missions 10.32 

Incidentals 3,198.41 

Making a grand total of $33,517.85 

It will be noted that all of our mission churches have been most 
singularly blessed, which is an indication of the divine favor upon 
this special department of work. We recommend that the Asso- 
ciation request the churches to send up to a specially appointed 
committee, or the clerk, a duplicate of the church letters so a di- 
gest of the letters may be prepared before the Association meets. 
Respectfully submitted, 

S. F. CONRAD, 
D. F. HELMS, 
J. C. GILLESPIE, 

Committee. 
Report discussed by Dr. H .C. Herring and S. F. Conrad, re- 
port adopted as amended. 



14 

Dr. H. C. Herring introduced the following resolution, which 
was unanimously adopted: 

Resolved : That this Association extend a vote of thanks to the 
good people of this community for their kindness and hospitality 
during the services of this convention. Motion made and carrieed 
to add $15.00 to the Minute Fund of an appropriated fund. 

Motion made by Rev. S. F. Conrad to request churches to 
send letters to clerk one week before association meets ; motion lost. 

Dr. E. E. Bomar was elected delegate to Southern Baptist 
Convention; alternate 

Upon motion the following resolution was unanimously 
adopted : 

Resolved: That the thanks of this association be extended to 
its efficient clerk, T. D. Maness, and the Committee on Digest of 
Church Letters. 

The committee to name Executive Committee filed the following 
report : 

Executive Committee. 

H. C. Herring, J. A. Durham, W. F. Dowd, T, D. Maness, L. 
R. Pruett, Chairman. 

W. F. DOWD, for Committee. 

The Moderator announced that the session of the twenty-third 
Annual Session of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association had 
been completed, and a motion was made and carried to adjourn to 
meet as per previous announcement. After song, ** Blest be the Tie 
That Binds," and benediction, the twenty-third Annual Session 
■closed. 

W. C. DOWD, Moderator. 
T. D. MANESS, Clerk. 



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First Concord 

Second Concord 

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MINUTES OF THE 



Twenty-fourth Annual Session 



OF THE 



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Mecklenburg and 

Cabarrus Association 

HELD AT 

Chadwkk Baptist Church, 

Charlotte, N. C. 
SEPTEMBER I4TH AND J5TH, 1909 



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MINUTES OF THE 



Twenty-fourth Annual Session 



OF THE 



Mecklenburg and 



Cabarrus Association 

HELD AT 

Chadwick Baptist Churchy 

Charlotte, N. C. 
SEPTEMBER HTH AND I5TH, 1909 



The next session will be held with Independence Hill, on 
Tuesday before the third Sunday in September, 1910, beginning 
at 10:30 a. m. Introductory sermon will be preached by Rev. 
W. P. Campbell, Charlotte, N. C; alternate. Rev. K. W. Ho- 
gan, Pineville, N. C. 



Report of Association, 



The twenty-fourth annual session of the Mecklenburg and Ca- 
barrus ^Association was held with iChadwick Baptist iChureh, 'Char- 
lotte, N. €., and opened by religious services being conducted 
by Dr. E. E. Bomar, at 11 o 'clock a. m. W. €. Dowd, Moderator, 
and T. D. Maness, 'Clerk. A quorum being present the roll of 
churches was called and the following messengers enrolled : 

Arlington — iMilas Medlin. 

Clear Creek— Henry Pigg, A. W. McManus and Willie Hough. 

•Cold Water— J. W. Connell and V. C. Barnhardt. 

Cornelius— W. A. Hough, J. P.^'Chistie, A. P. Sweet and E. D. 
Mooney. 

'Chadwick- E. L. 'Thomas, I. ,S. Wallace and W. L. Barrs. 

First Church 'Charlotte— I. W. Durham, W. €. Dowd, J. A. 
Durham, L. L. Hackney, Bruce Howell, J. F. Hosteller, Julius 
Pruitt and Dr. H. H. Hulten. 

First 'Church 'Concord — ^H. C. Herring, J. IST. Parker, S. N. 
Watson and T. D. 'Maness. 

iSecond Church €oncord — J. N. Perry, E. J. Parnell, S. B. 
Hagler and D. F. Helms. 

West 'Concord— J. W. iSnyder, W. B. Zimmerman, D. Hill, W. 
Honeycutt, F. 'Coker and W. T. Talbirt. 

Friendship — ^C. Garrison and A. 'C. Fisher. 

'Hunter sville — W. A. Hough. 

Independence Hill — H. B. Blackburn, I. B. Flowers and J. L. 
Philipps. 

Kannapolis — ^R. iM. Branson, W. E. 'Carter and J. A. Combs. 

Louise— E. C. McAlpine, J. H. Allen, S. A. Helms and W. P. 
Campbell. 

Long 'Creek— L. L. Grass, F. T. Beaty and W. 0. Smith, 

Matthews^T. A. Newell, J. W. Griffin and J. E. M. Davenport. 

Newell—John Austin, R. H. Monteith and W. 'C. ^Sutton. 

Ninth Avenue Charlotte— J. H. Fidler, F. S. Conrad, 'C. B. 
Rogers, R. J. Boyd, D. W. Fink, C. T. Stroup, B. L. Kisiah and 
L. R. Pruett. 

North Charlotte— W. A. Payseur, T. C. Honeycutt, B. F. Cato 
and S. F. Conrad. 

Oak Grove — ^S. M. Garrison, J. P. iStroup, iMiss 'Cora Edwarcls 
and Miss Mamie Garrison. 



Pineville — Arcli Helms, C. J. Price and K. W. Hogan. 

Pleasant Plain — ^H. L. Helms, J. J. McLendon and R. B. 
Fincher.. 

Pritchard Memorial 'Charlotte — E. E. Bomar, W. P. Dowd, R. 
L. Momack, D. M. Austin and J. J. Ezell. 

Rock Hill- 
Union Grove — J. €. Hager and R. H. Hasty. 

Wilson's Grove— W. RriSmall. 

The enrollment being finished election of officers was taken 
up and resulted as follows: 

Moderator — W. C. Dowd. 

€lerk— T. D. Maness. 

Treasurer — D. W. Fink. 

The Moderator appointed the following committee on "Order 
of Business : ' ' 

W. L. Barrs, Dr. H. H. Hulten and .S. K Watson. 

Upon motion the following committee was appointed to look 
into the "'Constitution and By-laws" of the 'Association and re- 
port at the next session: (Motion Amended Later). 

D. M. Austin, L. R. Pruett and S. F. 'Conrad. 

At 1 o'clock meeting adjourned to meet at 3 o'clock. 



TUESDAY EVENING, 3 P. M. 

Devotions by Rev. W. P. Campbell. 

'Committee on "Order of Business" makes the following re- 
port: 

REPORT ON ORDER OF BUSINESS* 

Tuesday P. M. Call to Order 3 :00. 
Devotions — W. P. iCampbell. 
Report on Sunday School — ^T. S. Franklin. 
Report on Periodicals — ^W. P. Campbell. 
TUESDAY EVENING. 
'Call to order at 8 o 'clock. 
Devotions — J W. Snyder. 
Report on Orphanage — D. M. Austin. 
Report on Associational Missions — Executive iCommittee, 

WEDNESDAY MORNING. 
Call to order at 10 o'clock. 
Devotions — Julius Pruett. 
Report on Temperance — W. A. Hough. 
Report on Ministerial Relief— W. T. Talbirt. 
Report on iState Missions — ^S. N. Watson. 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. 
• Call to order at 3 o 'clock. 
Devotions — ^K. W. Hogan. 



Report on Home Missions — ^S. F. 'Conrad. " "^ 

'Report on Foreign Missions — H. H. Hulten. 

WEDNESDAY NiaHT. 

Call to order at 8 o'clock. 

Devotions — W. L. Barrs. 

Report on Education — L. R. Prnett. 

Report adopted. 

Motion made and carried to amend motion previously made by 
requesting committee on ''Constitution and By-laws" to report at 
this session. Upon later motion it was ordered that the com- 
mittee should not be required to make report at this association 
but should be allowed to file a report and have the same placed 
in the minutes of this association. 

Upon suggestion of the Moderator there was a motion made 
that the (omraittee on "Order of Business" make arrangements 
for dinner on the grounds Wednesday. Motion carrield 

Upon motion of Dr. Hulten the ladies of the Missionary So- 
cieties were invited to attend the association and be heard. 

L. R. Pruett made a motion that a committee be appointed to 
apportion what each church shall pay to Foreign Missions. Mo- 
tion carried. The Moderator appoints the following committee: 

L. R. Pruett, iS. N. Watson and W. P. Campbell. (This mo- 
tion was afterwards merged into a motion by which all funds 
should be apportioned by the Executive Committee). 

3:45 — ^Report on Sunday Schools was called. No Report filed. 

Report discussed by E. L. Middleton, 'Sunday iSchool (Secre- 
tary, who made a stirring speech. 

Motion was made by E. E. Bomar to appoint a committee to 
'apportion among the churches of th'e association what eacih chureOi 
should be requested to pay to the various objects. Motion by 
S, F. Conrad as substitute to proceed with pledges as heretofore. 
Substitute lost 12 to 27. The original motion was then unanimous- 
ly carried. 

The foregoing motions brought forward an interesting dis- 
cussion in which great earnestness prevailed. 

Report on Periodicals was called for by Moderator. A mo- 
tion carried to adjourn to meet at 8 o'clock at which time report 
would be taken up. 

At 5:30 meeting adjourns to meet at 8 o'clock Tuesday night. 



TUESDAY NIGHT. 



At 8 o'clock P. M., the Moderator being absent, at request 
Rev. D. M. Austin takes the chair. Devotional exercises con- 
ducted by Rev. J. W. Snyder. As previously arranged, report of 



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feriotlieals was eallecl for and W. P. €ampbell filed the following t 

Report on Periodicals. 

This is an age when our homes cannot be too well guarded 
against mischevous literature, for the market is flooded with 
immoral journals and pernicious books of all sorts. This corrupt- 
ing literature with its obscure pictures and flaming head lines,, 
is in abundance, and can be obtained at almost every bookstore 
and news stand, or purchased from the news boys that peddle 
such trash on the streets of our cities and towns, and on the trains^ 
and even our villages and the country districts are being infested 
with this great curse. 

The harmful effect of evil literature is being felt all over our 
land, and is arousing anxious thought in the minds of our best peo- 
ple—but just how to stop this mighty flood of wit, presents a 
problem yet to be solved. 

It is stated upon good authority that bad journalism in New 
York City is a worse evil than the whiskey traffic of that place. 
With these facts before us, it behooves us as a christian denomi- 
nation, to foster and support only such literature as will tend 
to elevate our people, and that will inculcate ideals of noble living 
in the minds of our children. 

The Baptists of North 'Carolina are fortunate in having pub- 
lished within the bounds of our State 'Convention the Biblical 
[Recorder, which is the duly recognized organ of the Convention. 
The Recorder is now in its seventy-fifth year, and continues 
to improve with its age. 

Brother 'Moore has greatly pleased our people as editor in chief, 
and under his management the 'Recorder still retains its old-time 
ring for Godliness and truth. 

iSome reasons in favor of Baptists taking and reading the 
Recorder r 

It is a newspaper whose specialty is the news of the King- 
dom to which they belong. 

It is strictly a religious paper. 
It aims true to its name, to be thoroughly Biblical. 
It is just like putting money into 'State Missions, for it is 
an evangelizing agency. 

Unless you read the Recorder you cannot know the glorious 
strength and achievements of the company to which you belong. 
A liberally patronized, and carefully read church paper means a 
well informed, loyal, aggressive, cultured people. A continued 
reading of the Recorder will settle all the doubts one may have 
as to the glorious Bible doctrines we hold and >teajeh. It will tend 
to impart the iMissionary iSpirit. 

In connection with the Recorder we indorse and commend to 
our people, Charity and 'Children, published in the interest of the 
Orphanage; the Home Field, published in Atlanta in the interest 



of Home Missions; the Foreign Mission J^jarnal, pablished hi 
Eichmond, Va., in the interest of Foreign Mi.ssions. 

W. i\ L\\MPBELL. 

Rev. Hight €. -Mooire, Editor of ^the Recorder, mmle an in- 
teresting and helpful address on the report as !iled. The report 
was also discussed by Rev, A. L. Betts, »epresentati\y of the 
Recorder. Report unanimously adopted. 

9 P. (M. Report on Orphanage wi\s i-iillod for by tlie Moder- 
ator, and Rev, D. M. Austin files the fai^tvvm.^'; 

Report on Orphanage. 

Our Orj)hanage has had a very sLi<H"(3ssfi!j year. There have 
been a few deaths, but the general aealrh lias i>eeu v:-)0'\. There 
'has been some imiprovements in the buildings, 'There ihas. beesn a 
de'cideid effort to improve the gnoiiinds and maike 'them more attrac- 
tive for the children. We suggest that all the iSunday Schools 
take one collection monthly for the Orpliaiia^c and also take a col- 
lection for them on Thanksgiving Day. li <'octs about $0 50 per 
month to support each <;hild. 

This work appeals to us all — Let us heartily support it. 

Respectfullv submitted, 

D. M. AUiSTIN. 

Report received and diseussed by Rev. M. L. Kestler, Super- 
intendent of the Orphanage. His address was powerful and full 
of information. The report was unanimously adopted. 

Prayer by Rev. L. R. Pruett. 
10:10 P. M. Upon motion meeting adjourns to convene at 9:30 
A. M. Wednesday. 



WEDNESDAY MORNING. 

9 :30 A. M. Devotions conducted by W. T. TaMi^t. 

Song, '^ How Firm a Foundation." 

Prayer by Dr. E. E. B'omar. 

10 A, M. The (Moderator being absent, at request Rev. D. M. 
Austin takes the chair. 

The chair announced that the hour had arrived for report on 
Assoeiational Missions, and 'Rev. L. R. Pruett made an excellent 
report as to the work being done this association. 

Revs. J. L. Kirk, J. W. Snyder, W. T. Talbirt, D. F. Helms, 
J. J. McLendon, W A. Hough, J. E. M. Davenport and K. W. 
Hogan made splendid reports of their respective fields, W. T. 
Talbirt being City Missionary in the city of 'Concord. 

The Moderator appoints the following committees: 

''Finance Committee," D. M. Austin, J. J. Ezell and C. B. 
Rogers. 

''Oommitifcee to Nominate Delegates to State €onvention'' 



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H. C. Herring, J. W. (Snyder and A. W. MdManus. 

'^'Committee to nominate Executive Committee," S K Wat- 
son, H. H. Hulten and W. A. Hough. 

'^^'Committee on Time, Place and PreaJcher," E. E. Bomar, D. M. 
Austin and J. W. Snyder. 

' 'Committee on Digest of Church Letters," iS. F. Canrad, D.. 
F. Helms and J. L. Kirk. 

' 'Committee to nominate Delegates to Southern Baptist Con- 
tention, " W. P. Campbell, S. N. Watson, and J. J. iMcLendon. 

10 :45 A. M. W. C. Dowd, Moderator, takes the chair. 

Oak Grove Baptist Church makes application to be admitted 
to this association as follows: 

The York Baptist Association, 

To the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association, 
Dear Bretliren : 

This is to certify that Oak Grove Baptist Church has been 
associated with us in good and regular standing since its organ- 
ization in 1903, and at its own request, is hereby dismissed from 
us for purpose of becoming associated with you. May the divine 
blessings rest upon it and upon you. Done by the order of 
York Baptist Association, September 9th, 1909, while assembled in 
annual session with Flint Hill Church. 

EDWARD L. REAVES, Moderator. 
SAM M. GRIST, Clerk. 

Motion made and carried and Oak Grove Baptist Church was 
duly admitted to this association. 

The Moderator recognizes President W. L. Poteat of Wake 
Forest College, Rev. R. T. Vann of Meredith College and J. S, 
Porter, Secretary of the Foreign Mission Board. 

11 :10 A, M. Moderator calls for repoa^t on Mini9terd,al Relief 
and Rev. W. T. Talbirt files the following: 

We are under obligations to help the poor who have come to 
poverty by riotous living and idleness. We cannot turn the tramp 
away from our doors empty handed, for fear we turn away one of 
the Lord's poor. Our wornout ministers are a special class of 
poor who have come to poverty, not through idleness and worth- 
le.ssineS'S, Ibuit through toil and sacrifice for the good of otihers. 
Therefore, there rests upon us double obligation to support them^ 
not only as poor, but as a reward for their work. 

W. T. TALBIRT. 

Report was ably discussed by Rev. W. T. Talbirt. 

Rev. Livingston Johnston, by request, made a statement to the 
Association as to the management of this department. His state- 
ment showed that two-thirds of these funds were used for im- 
mediate use, that one-third went to the Endowment Fund, and 
that no one received any salary whatever from the Ministerial Re- 
lief Fund. 



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'Report was unanimonsly adopted. 

11:20 A. 'M. Report on State Missions was called for by the 
Moderator and S. N, Watson files the following: 
Report on State Missions. 

State Missions has for its objects the preaching of the gospel 
to the poor 'and destitute, asisisting weak churches, ,and the estab- 
lishment of churches in centers of influence where there is a 
probability that by and by they will become self-sustaining. This 
work was begun in this State nearly three-quarters of a century 
ago. In the beginning it was small, owing to the financial con- 
dition of our country and to the fact that the majority of our 
people were bitterly opposed to the movement, but year by year it 
has grown until now it has become prominent as one of the most 
important features of our church work. All over our iState today 
are churches which were founded, and in the first years of their 
existence, largely siustiained ^by our .State Board. In the toieginning 
'of tih-e iwiork there were many important town^s and large 'areias of 
country in which there was no Baptist 'Church. Today there are 
but few county-seats, or towns of importance, within the borders 
of our State, but what have a Baptist Church, and much of the 
territory which was once destitute through the untiring zeal of 
our State Secretary and his corps of laborers, has been redeemed 
and today presents some of our most promising fields of labor. 
But brethren, while much has been accomplished there is yet much 
to be done. 'There are still promising and inviting fields, and 
some lof them in Ithe bounds of our .associatin, which should be 
occupied, still many places of destitution where preaching is 
seldom, if ever, heard and iSabbath Schools almost unknown 
These people have souls to save. 'There are children there who 
must grow up in ignorance and vice unless we send them the 
Gospel, will we do it? Will we gather the harvest which God has 
placed at omr very door, o-r shall we sit with foldeid h'ands and see 
it grow up, ripen a.nd then fall down and be biurned with the 
stubble f Let us brethren, arise, shake off our lethargy and seize 
the golden opportunities which God is giving us for the building 
up of his kingdom. The Board needs our help, needs our prayers, 
needs the means which God has intrusted to our care. 

'This work cannot be carried on without money any more than 
you can run your farm or business without it. Then let us obey 
the divine command and ''lay by in store as God has prospered 
us," and not be satified until a Baptist church is placed in every 
town, hamlet and community in North Carolina. 

Respectfully submitted, 

;S. N. WATSON. 

Rev. Watson yields to Rev. Livingston Johnston who makes an 
interesting and stirring speech from a practical and business like 
stand point as to State Missions. 



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Report adopted, 

12:30 P. M. Committee on Digest ;of 'Ohiui'cii Letters^' mates; 
the following report : 

Report on Digest of Church Letters. 

The Association opened this year with the largest attendance* 
of any year in its history and reported the fullest representation 
on the first day in my knowledge of its work. New life s^eems to- 
have been infused into every department of our work and a wider 
and deeper interest seems manitest in the work of the association 
than at any previous time. Still some of aur smaller churches 
seem to be practically dead. Rock iHill has no preaching — no pas- 
tor and no 'Sunday School and often is unheard from. Some 
others seem to have merely an existence. It is evident our Board 
needs to provide some assistance or to put new life into these 
weaker points or they will be a reproach to the Association. 

We report this year 346 baptisms against 350 last year, and 
a net gain of 488 against 383 last year. The letters show we have 
added 411 by letter, which makes it evident that without these 
leitter 'additions some of onr churches asre making- very little pro- 
gress spiritually. 100 baptisms are reported from the Sunday 
SchiO'ols, while some of our Iiai'tgest 'churches reporft either none ot 
a very small in'uni'ber frOim thiis source. Fonr churclhes repoirt a 
loss in membeirship, viz. : €'oId Water, 1, Friendship 3, Newell 3, 
Union Grove 9, 'and First 'Conco'rd with no gain. The largest net 
increase in membership is shown to be from the First €hurch Char- 
lotte with 72, Nin'th Avenue 57, West C'Oneord 52, .Second Concord 
51, Kannapolis 50, North Charlotte 44, Pleasant Plain 37, Pritchard 
'Memorial 36, Louise 32, Arlington 18, Pineville 17, 'Matthews 12, 
Chadwick 10. 

We report 3708 Sunday 'School scholars enrolled against 3371 
last year — With two churches without letters, Wilson's Grove and 
'Clear €reek, (Clear 'Creek files letter later) with Cold Waiter, Rock 
Hill, Union Grove and Zion reporting no schools — ^With Hunters- 
villes in a union school. In onr Benevolent work we haVe miade 'com- 
inendable progress. 

We have paid ithis year for Pasitor's salaries $9,692.15 against 
$9824.00 last year. For building anld reparirs we have rpaid this 
year $32,374.85 as against $18,314.00. For incidentals $2878.61 
For missions we have reported in the letters $1205.06 as against 
$535.03 last year 'Home Missions $814.51 againsit $1262.24 last year. 
For Foreign Missions we have raised this year $2800.82 against 
$1878.89 last year. For the Orphianage 'this year $453.00 against 
$1063.72 last year. It will be seen we have lessened on some of 
these objects and raised on others. For iSunday School expenses 
we raised this year $2052.10 against $2100.25 last year. For Sun- 
day School Missions this year $15.81. Ministerial Education 
$58.80 against $24.65 last year. Old Ministers Relief this year 



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$40.23 as against $36.36 last year. 

The grand total of contributions to all objects is $56,087.05 as 
against $36,051.00 last year. 

Only four of our schools report libraries and they are ex- 
ceedingly small. Upon the whole the work of the year has been 
attended iwdth pj:iog'ress and eneounagement ais five nerw houses have 
been built and a sixth will be completed before the close of the 
year. 

iS. F. CONRAD, For Committee. 

Report discussed by S. F. 'Conrad and unanimously adopted. 

'Motion made and caried to rescind action appointing com- 
mittee tiO' apipontion the amount eateh church should pay for Foreign 
Missions and leave the same to the ''Executive Committee." 

Prayer by Dr. R. T. Vann. 

12:45 P. M. Upon motion the meeting adjourned to meet at 
2:30 P. M, 



WEDlfESDAY P. M. 

2 :30 — -Devotional exercises conducted hy Rev. K. W. Hogan. 

J. H. Brown made an interesting talk on the mission work in 
the Canary Islands. 

3 P. M. The Moderator announced that the hour for the re- 
port on iHome Missions had arrived, and S. F. Conrad filed the 
following : 

Report on Home Missions. 

The Home Mission Board was organized 64 years ago. 'Since 
its organization it has done a work with hardly a paralled in 
this country. Under its work 5917 churches have been organized, 
and 188,003 have been 'baptized. The past ^conventional year 316 
new churches were organized, and 24,628 persons were baptized, 
making an average of 67 for every day in the year. Twenty-two 
thousand six hundred and sixty persons were added to the churches 
by letter, making a grand total of 47,297 additions during the 
year. Nine hundred and fifty-nine Sunday Schools were organized 
and 368 new houises of worship huik. The repont of the Home 
Board was never better and the outlook never more bright with 
promise and hope than now. It says, "We have come into the 
open field of opportunitj'^, and the horizon stretches in every direc- 
tion."' 

The work of the Home Board appeals to us with more force 
and power than any work we are doing. 

1. It is s'aving our Southland and preserving initadt our 
foundation principals upon which we have achieved our success and 
victories in the past. 

2. The Home Board work is enlarging our Foreign Mission 
Work as every church or plant as organized becomes at once a 



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suppoifter of Foreign iMissions. But it is doing more than', ihis.^ 
It is compounding the work of Home iMissions, and is multiplying: 
tllne st'rengtdi and resiourees of the OHiome Mission Board. It is largely 
tbo'se cli'Lirches wliicdi tihie Home Bioaiid has ibrought into being' 
which now constitute its most valuable assets. The work it has 
done is its own argument and makes its own appeal to us. 

But as miraculous and wonderful as this work is, North 'Caro- 
lina Baptists contributed to it a fraction over eight cents per 
capita last yeaiv On the monument of Ben Hill in Atlanta, Ga,,- 
is this inscription, ''He who saves his country saves all things 
and all things saved bless him. He who lets his country die lets 
all things die, 'and all things dying curse him. ' ' 

Let us at once lengthen our cords and strengthen our stakes. 

,S. F. CONRAD. 

Report discussed by Rev, €. E. Madry and by Rev. Ken- 
drick. 

Report adopted. 

The "Committee to Nominate Executive Committee" makes 
the following report : 

We nominate L. R. Pruert;t, T. D. Maoajess, T. J. Renfrow, E. E, 
Bomar and W, C, Dowd, 

S. N. WATSON, 
H. H. HUUTEN, 
W. A. HOUOH. 

Committee^ 

lieport uriainimously adopted. 

Upon motion the Clerks of the various churches are requested 
to :se'nid 'all 'Ooritriibutions for the various olbjectis to the place to 
which it belongs, and not bring to the Association. (The pastors- 
will please call attention to this suggestion). 

iS. F. Conraid offers the f olloiwing r-eisiolution : 
Resolution. 

Whereas, the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association is or- 
ganized to do the work of our Lord as it is committed to us. 

And, whereas, it requires the utilization of both day and night 
sessions to give any time to the consideration of all the important 
objects which need to be considered by this body, 

And, whereas, before a number of the reports are made and 
before the work of the association is done many of the delegates 
leave the body for their homes without leave or license either from 
the Moderator or the Association, 

Therefore, re&olved, that we' condemn ithis practice ajs b'ad in 
precedent and in spirit and fraught with harm and damage to the 
work of our Lord, and that hereafter the delegates who come to 
represent the churches be requested to stay until the work is done 
and that the churches be requested to send such brethren as will 
i'emaini until the work is done< 



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The same being adopted. 
i The ^ ^'Committee to nominate Delegates to State 'Convention'^ 
makes the following report : 

We nominabe W. €. Dowd, W. P. €ampibell, T. D. Maness, K. 
W. Hogan and J. H Fidler. 

Report adopted. 

4 o'clock P. M. The chair announced that the ladies repr.e- 
senting the Woman 's Missionary Society were present and that 
they would now be heard. 

Mrs. €. E. Mason and Miss Eva Lidd^ll addresseld the body 
in the interest of this work. 'The facts represented showed that 
in the Baptist churches of North Carolina there are 519 auxilaries 
of Women's Soieie'tie's, 138 Young Women's Auxiliaries and 331 
Sunbeam Bands, all of which raised a total amount of $9001.00 
during the year. These ladies impressed the fact that the Woman 's 
Missionary (Society desires the co-operation of the pastors of the 
various churches with a view of organizing additional societies. 
Mrs. J. iH. Northey being the one in charge of this feature of the 
work and will visit the different churches when requested to do so. 

Report on Temporance called for and W. A. OEough files the 
following : 

Report on Temperance. 

In discussing temperance our minds usually center on the 
drink evil. This, to an extent, a.t least is misleading and shiould 
be eorreet'ed. Temperance, strictly speaking, is a moderate use 
of a lawful thing. In this sense all ought to be temperance. But 
the use of strong drinks as a beverage is plainly and positively 
forbidden by the word of God, and, hence cannot be considered as 
a temperan'ce question. It is purely a question of right or wirong 
The evils of strong drink are so many and so great that all can see 
and know them. Almost every man, woman and child has suffered 
either directly or indirectly from this evil. Its hurtful touch is 
felt everj^where. 

To indulge in the use of intoxicating liquors, as a beverage, to 
the least degree is a violation of God's law, for it teaches us to 
avoid the very appearance of evil. Anything that produces evil, 
and evil only, must of necessity be evil in itself. !The Master 
teaclies us to judge a tree by its fruits. 

But the manufacture and sale of intoxicating beverages are 
now forbidden by the laws of our State, and it only remains for 
us as 'Christians and loyal citizens to stand firm by the enacted 
laws and aid and assist in its execution. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. A. HOUGH. 

Report adopted. 

The '' Finance Committee" files the following report: 



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Report on Finance Committee. ~^, 

Your Finance Committee makes the following report, • 

Minute Fund $ ?3.15 

: State Msissions 58. S7 

Home Missions ir<'.20 

Foreign Missions ](1.45 

Sunday iShool Missions 4.00 

Orphanage 17.00 

Ministral Education 4.82 

Aged Ministers 11.50 

Total $175.99 

D. M. AUSTIN, Chairman. 

Report adopted. 

The '^iCommittee to Nominate Delegates to the Southern Bap- 
tist Convention makes the following report: 

Delegate, Dr. H. H. Hulten, 

Alternate, Rev. L. R. Pruett. 

Report adopted. 

The M-).ler:it^r .innonneoc'' the following progra.: for the next 
Association - 

To make report on State Missions, Rev. W. P. iCampbell. 

To make report on Foreign Missions, Rev. L. R. Pruett. 

'To make report on Home Missions, Dr. E. E. Bomar. 

To make report on Orphanage, Rev. S. N. Watson. 

To make report on Periodicals, Rev. J. E. M. Da^-enport. 

To make report on Sunday Schools, W. F. Dowd. 

To make report on Education, K. W. Hogan. 

To make report on Temperance, Rev. S. F. 'Conrad. 

The '''Committee on Time, Place and Preacher" files the 
following report: 

Place, Independence Hill. 

Time, Tuesday before the third Sunday in September, 1910, 
beginning at 10:30 A. M. 

Preacher, Rev. W. P. Campbell. 

Alternate, Rev. K. W. Hogan. 

Report adopted. 

5:30 P. M. Meeting adjourns to meet at 7:45. 



WEDNESDAY EVEGSTING. 

7:45 P. M. Devotional Exercises conducted by Rev. D. M. 
Austin, 

8 P. M. The Moderator announced that the time had arrived 
for report on Foreign Missions, and Dr. Hulten files the following 
report : 

Foreign Mission Report. 

Since ignorance is so often the cause of indifference, and since 



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information is so often the source of interest and inspiration, the 
Foreign Mission Board has sent out the following facts and fig- 
ures which we embody in this report. We earnestly ask that our 
association prayerfully consider these things. 
Workers and Equipment. 

There were sent out during last year twenty-one new mission- 
aries. We have now on the field 231 missionaries and 375 native 
helpers, making a total of 606 workers. 

There were 259 churches and 559 out-stations, with a total 
membership of 16,596. There are 162 houses of worship; 325 
Sunday Schools with a total of 10,430 scholars. These churches 
with the missionaries contributed last year $40,287. There are 
128 day sdhools with 3,269 ssholars; nine boys' bioarding schools 
with 428 scholars, and thirteen girls' boarding with 586 scholars; 
two colleges with 100 students; four women's training schools 
with 37 students, and eight theological training schools with 176 
students. 

Methods of Work. 

vji course the main thing is the preaching of the gospel, and 
all that is done is aimed directly towards reaching the people with 
the gospel. 'The're are S'om<e valuable 'aids to the woi'k of evange- 
lization which experience has taught our missionaries to use. 

One important aid is the work of teaching. All of our schools, 
even those in Avhieh elementary branches are taught, have in view 
the training of native workers. We do not find in foreign lands 
as in this country, material already prepared for our training 
schools and seminaries. Moreover we can not afford to P' t the 
children of native 'Christians into unchistian schools. More and 
more the work of teaching will have to be carried on along with the 
preaching of the gospel. 

Another feature of the work is our Medical Missions. We 
have thirteen medical missionaries, three hospitals, eleven dis- 
pensaries with a total number of patients last year of 42,659. All 
of these patients^ with their friends and relatives, heard the gospel 
before they received treatment. 

The printing press, also, is used for the spread of the truth. 
We have four excellent printing plants, which sent out during 
the year hundreds of thousands of religious tracts, periodicals, 
books and Bibles in the languages of the various countries. The 
colporter often accompanies the missionary, and sometimes goes 
into distant places which the missionary does not reach. 

One of the results of these labors was the baptism of 2,905 
converts last year, but the largest results, due to the leavening 
power of the gospel among the people, can not be tabulated. 

There were 11,178 contributing churches last year, and 10,118 
churches which did not give anything to the cause ; in other words, 
nearly half of our churches did not contribute anything to foreign 



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missions. Tliis large number of non-eontributing eburelies, to- 
gether with many more that gave very little, reduces the average 
gift to 22 cents per member. While the average has increased in 
the last ten years from 7 cents per member to 22 cents, our giving 
is still pitifully small compared with what it ought to be, in view 
of our resources, the needs of a lost world and the Savior's sacri- 
ficial love. 

Respectfully, 

H. H. HUDTEN. 

'The report was discussed by Rev. J. S. Porter, 'Secretary of 
Foreign 'Mission Board in a masterful address on the great work 
which he represents and with which he is thoroughly in touch. 

Report was unanimously adopted. 

8:45 P. 'M. Report of Educaltion was ^called for and L. R, 
Pruett filed the same as follows: 

Report on Education, 

Education is power. It is a power that brings things to passy 
either for good or for bad. It is a power which observes, judges^ 
expresses and appreciates. iSuch a power should be turned into 
the one supreme end and purpose of service to God and man. Ev- 
ery educated man or woman has cost something and should be 
made to render a service commensurate with the outlay of time 
and means. 

A well consitructed and costly instrument, such as ;a watcih or 
a locomotive should be made to justify its cost in the service ren- 
dered. 'Some 'one has said: ''An educated mind is the most com- 
plicated and costly mechanism we know, and it must justify itself 
in work done. It is deep selfishness and sin for one to acquire an 
education that equips him with large powers and then to let them 
rust in idleness or pervert them to many ends. An educated man 
is just that much more of a man and should do just that much 
more for the welfare of his fellowmen and for the glory of Grod. 
This is the chief end of education, and all its powers should shine 
as stars in this crown.'' 

With this definition and description of educattion, we may 
consider the central plants in the State, from which radiate the 
beauty, the ligbt, the power and the glory of education. 

There are several High Schools in the iState under Baptist 
control, which are centers of power for the elevation and culture 
of our boys and girls. Some of our strongest and most useful men 
and women come from these schools, who never go further into 
College or University. This fact shows the work done by these in- 
stitutions and the important place they occupy in the educational 
world. The Baptists of the 'State should send their boys and girls 
to tihese iscboiok, for many of them will never go to the college or 
to the University, and here is the place to prepare for the higher 
scihools and for greater achievements in education. 



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Wake Forest stands today without a superior in the South; 
and with her 350 or 400 young men, with her increasing Endow- 
ment Fund and with her strong Faculty and superb buildings, she 
is indeed a great factor in the training and the making of the men 
who go forth to bless the world. There are between 50 and 100 
young men there, who are prepa.ring themselves for 'the ministry, 
the larger per cent of whom are poor and must have the aid of 
the Education Board. We, therefore, call the attention of the 
churches of this Association to the importance of contributing to 
the work of this Board. About 60 young men were aided last 
year. 

Our college for the education of our girls is located in the 
heart of Ealeigh, and stands at the head of the list of colleges of 
the country. The name ' ^ Baptist University for Women ' ' has 
been appropriately and permanently changed to ^'Meredith" in 
honor of the first editor of tliie Biblical Recorder. 'This was a 
'w<ise 'Cihange, 'There were nearly 400 girls who attended this 'col- 
lege last year, and if this institution had an endowment of at 
least $100,000. with her wise and devout President and scholarly 
Faculty, her efficiency would be greatly increased. iMay it soon 
be thought 'advisable to launch the measure of an Endowment 
Fund. 

L. R. PRUETT. 

The report on Education was discussed by Dr. R. T. Vann and 
President W. L. Poteat, both of whom made an excellent address. 

10:15 P. M. The Moderator announced that the session of 
the twenty-fourth Anual .Session of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association had been completed, and a motion was made and car- 
ried to adjourn to meet as per previous announcement. After 
song, *' Blest be the Tie Tihat Binds," and benediiction, the Asso- 
ciation closed. 

W. C. DOWD, Moderator. 
T. D. MAKESS, Clerk. 

P. iS. — For Financial .Statement Statistical Table land 'Sunday 
School 'TaJble reported in letters, see statemeTics hereafter attached. 
For apportionments recommended to the various churches for the 
different objects, see table hereafter attached. 

T. D. MANESS, Clerk. 



BY-LAWS. 



1. The daily sessioai of the Association shall be opened and 
closed with prayer. 

2. Delegates shall be recognized by letters from their iChurches 
designing ithem as such. 

3. The Moderator shall recognize corresponding messengers 



20 

or the delegates of newly-received Ghiuxehes by extending to them 
his right hand of fellowship. 

4. The 'Clerk shall provide blank letters for the use of the 
Churches of the Association previous to the meeting of the Asso- 
ciation, superintend the publication and distribution of the min- 
utes, preserve a file of them and have it present at each annual 
session, read the proceedings of the preceding session at the begin- 
ning of each morning session, and the last day's proceedings at the 
close of the annual session. 

5. Members desiring to speak shall first rise and address the 
Moderator; shall use the term "brother," in speaking to each 
other; shall not speak on the same subject more than twice with- 
out permission, and shall observe the courtesy that becomes 'Chris- 
tians. 

6. iMembers shall not absent themselves from the session 
without permission of the association. 

7. A copy of the (Minutes shall be sent to the (Secretary of 
the State Mission Board, also one copy to the Secretary of the 
.Southern Baptist 'Convention, and one to the American Baptist 
Publication iSociety, 1420 'Chestnut street, Philadelphia, and one 
to the Field Secretary for .Sunday .Schools in North Carolina. 

8. All questions of order not herein provided shall be decided 
by '^ Parliamentary Law." 

9. 'The report of the Executive Board and the missionary 
work of the Association with short reports from the missionaries 
shall take preoeidence of all other business during the morning 
session of the second day of the annual session. 

12. The general order of business shall be : 

(1) Enrollment of delegates. 

(2) Election of officers. 

(3) Petitionary letters. 

(4) Appointment of Committees for this session. 

(5) Appointment of standing committees. 

(6) Report of special committees. 

(7) Reports of standing committees. 

(8) Reports of other committees. 

(9) Miscellaneous business. 

10. O'rder of buisinesis to be printed on front iniside page as 
well as here. 

REV. L. R. PRUETT, 
REV. D. M. AUSTIN, 
REV. 'S. F. CONRAD. 
iCommittee. 



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First Church, Concorde _ 
Second Church, Concord 

West Concord 

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Louise 

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THE LITTLE-LONG CO. 

Every department of our big store is full to 
overflowing with the seasons best and most desirable 
merchandise, a BIG NEW FEATURE is our BAR- 
GAIN BASEMENT, a great big store full of all 
kinds of goods at undervalue prices. 



If You Want to Save Money Visit 
Our Big Basement. 

OVTi MJIL OTiDETi DEVATiTMEKT 

Is at your service, samples sent promptly on re- 
quest. Express charges paid on purchases of $5.00 
and over. 



CERTIFICATES 

OF DEPOSIT 

Issued by this bank bear interest at 4 per cent, from 
date if deposit remains three months or longer, 

WE WANT YOUR BUSINESS, 

Merchants and Farmers Nat'I Bank 

CHARLOTTE. N. C. 

CAPITAL AND SURPLUS 
$350,000.00 

GEO. E. WILSON, "Pres. JNO. B. ROSS, Vice Pres, 

W. C WILKINSON, Cashier. 



Dr. C M. Beam 

Dental Specialists 

310-11 Realty Building 
Phone 233 

CHARLOTTE, N. C. 



BELK BROS. 

V^ew commodious building is now filled up with the cream of merchandise from 
the best Standard Manufacturers in the land. It is a Grand Sight logo through 
the different departments and see this enormous stock of goods. On first floor 
Dry Goods and Notions. 2nd Flo. r Millinery and Coat Suits. 3rd Floor 
Carpets, Rugs, Matting, etc. 4th Floor, T^egular Wholesale Department. A 
Hearty Welcome will be extended to every one whether you buy anything or not. 

3ELK S^05. Wholesale and Retail, Charlotte, N. C. 



Weddington Hardware Company. 

29 East Trade Street, Charlotte. N. C. 

Sohcit your patronage. Community Silverware 
Corbin Locks, all kinds of Hardware for the house 
the Farm and the Workshop* 



BOILING SPRIN 



HIQH S€HOOL 



SHILBY, 1. e. 



Established by the Kings Mountain and Sandy Run Asso 
ciations. Spacious Briclv Dormitories for boys and girls. 
Equipment in buildings worth $40,000. Ideal Christian 
community. Expenses low. Excellent Library and Liter- 
ary Societies. Experienced Teachers. Departments of 
Music, Art and Literary courses unsurpassed. Students 
prepared for college ready to enter Wake Forest, Mere- 
dith or any other. For catalogue and further particu- 
lars, address, 

Rl¥. J. M. HAMRICK 

SHILB¥» N. e., ■■ P» D. 3 



This is one of the best equipped High Schools in North 
Carolina and for healthfulness as to locality and desira- 
bleness as to community is unsurpassed. 



Efird's 

Department 

Stores 

We want and ap- 
preciate a share of 
your patronage. 

Our motto Satis- 
faction guaranteed 
or your money 
promptly and cheer 
fully refunded. 

Stores 

Charlotte, N, C. 
Concord, N. C. 
Gastonia, N. C. 



MINUTES OF THE 
Twenty-fifth Annual Session 

OF THE 

Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association 

HELD WITH 

Independence Hill 
Baptist Church 

Crofts, N. C. 
SEPTEMBER 13TH AND 14TH. 1910. 



The next s-ession will be held with Pineville Baptist Church, 
on Wednesday before the third JSunlay in September, 1911, begin- 
ning at 10:30 a. m. Introductory sermon will be preached by Rev. 
S. N. Watson, of Concord, N. C; alternate, Rev. D. M. Austin, 
Charlotte, N. C. 



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♦ LIST OF ORDAINED MINISTERS. 

♦ 

♦ /Austin, Rev. D, M Charlotte, N. C. 

♦/Adams, Rev. J. Q Charlotte, N. C. 

♦ 

♦/ Bonias, Dr. Ej E. ..... Charlotte, N. C. 

♦ 

♦yConrad, Rev. S. F Charlotte, N. C. 

♦ 

♦ |/(:audle. Rev Charlotte, N. C. 

•♦j^^Davenport, Rev. J. E. M Matthews, N. C. 

♦ 

♦c/ Flanders, Rev, W. N Hendersonville, N. C. 

♦ 

♦ ^illesple. Rev. J C Charlotte, N. C. 

♦ 

♦/Hulten, Dr. H. H Charlotte, N. C. 

♦ 

♦^Hogan, Rev. K. W Charlotte, N. C. 

♦ 

♦ j. Helms, Rev. Dr. D. F , Concord, N. C. 

♦ 

♦ /Hough. Rev. W. A Cornelius, N. C. 

♦/ Pruett, Rev. L. R. Charlotte, N. C. 

♦/Snyder, Rev. J. W Concord, N. C. 

♦ /(vatson. Rev. S. N Concord, N. C. 

♦ 

♦.yTalbert, Rev. W. T Concord, N. C. 



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett, Rev. E. E. Bomar, T. D. Maness, T. J 
Renfrow and W. C Dowd 

Clerk of Association. 
Rev. S. F. Conrad, Charlotte, N. C. 



BY-LAWS 



1. The daily sess-ion of the Association shall be opened and 
closed with prayer. 

Delegates shall be recognized by letters from their churches, 
designating them as such. 

3. The Moderator shall recognize corresponding messengers 
or the delegates of newly-received Churches by extending to them 
his right hand of fellowship. 

4. The Clerk shall provide blank letters for the use of the 
Churches of the Association previous to the meeting of the Asso- 
ciation, superintend the publication and distribution of the min- 
utes, preserve a file of them and have it present at each annual 
session, read the proceedings of the precding sssion at th begin- 
ning of each morning session, and the last day's proceedings at the 
close of the annual session. 

5. Members desiring to speak shall first ris« and addres sthe 
Moderator; shall use the term "brother," in speaking to each 
other; shall not speak on the same subject more than twice with- 
out permission, and shall observe the courteesy that becomes Chri&- 
tians. 

6. Members shall not absent themselves from the session 
without permission of the ass-ociation. 

7. A copy of the Minutes shall be sent to the Secretary ot 
the State Mission Board, also a copy to the Secretary of the South- 
ern Baptist Convention, and one to the American Baptist Publica- 
tion Society, 1420 Chestnut street, Philadelphia, and one to the 
Field Secretary for Sunday Schools in North Carolina. 

8. All questions of order not herein provided shall be decided 
by "Parliamentary Law." 

9. The report of the Executive Board and the missionary 
work of the Association with short reports from the missionariese 
shall take precedence of all other business during the morning 
session of the second day of the annual sess-ion. 

ORDER OF BUSINESS 

12. The general order of business shall be: 

(1) Enrollment of delegates. 

(2) Election of officers. 

(3) Petitionary letters. 

(4) Appointment of Committees for this session. 
(5) Appointment of standing committees. 

(6) Report of special committees. 

(7) Reports of stading committees. 

(8) Report of other committees. 

(9) Miscellaneous business. 



10 



PROGRAM FOR NEXT ASSOCIATION. 



TO PREPARE REPORTS. 

State Missions- Rev. K. W. Hogan. 

Home Missions Rev, S. N. Watson. 

Foreign Missions Dr. H, H. Hulten. 

Orphanage Rev. L. R. Pruett. 

Periodicals Rev. D. F. Helms. 

Sunday Schools Dr. E. E. Bomar. 

Education Rev. J. E. M. Davenport. 

Temperance Rev. S. F. Conrad. 



Brethren, write your reports beforehand, and put 
in them such information as will be worthy of the cause, 
and do not leave them to be written at haphazard on the 
leaf of a minute or scribbled in an almost illegible hand. 
Typewrite them and they will not need to be rewritten for 
printing. 

S. F. C, Clerk. 



11 



Report of the Association 



The Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association met in its 25th 
annual session with Independence Hill Baptist Church on Tuesday, 
September 13th, 1910. The session was opened with prayer, led 
by J. J. Ezell. In the absence of the appointee to preach the 
introductory sermon the body reques-ted Dr. H, H. Hulten, pastor 
of the First Baptist Church of Charlotte, to preach it, which he did, 
taking for his subject, "Prayer In Its Relation to the Spiritual 
Growth and Advancement of the Kingdom of God." The sermon 
was heard with deep interest and undivided attention, and deliv- 
ered with much pathos and power. 

The Association was called to order by the Moderator, W. C. 
Dowd. In the absence of the Clerk, Brother D. W. Fink was asked 
to act as Clerk Pro-Tem 

The following churches, comprising the As-sociation, responded 
to the call of their names, with letters and delegates as follows: 

Arlington — Eli Hinson, Milus Medlin, 

Clear Creek— H. W. Pigg, L. S. Pigg. 

Cornelius— J. Money, T. B. White and Geo. Sweet. 

Chadwick — J. L. Blackburn and C. A. Padget. 

First Church, Charlotte— Dr. H. H. Hulten, W. C. Dowd, L. L. 
Hackney, J. A. Durham and J. F. Mosteller. 

First Church. Concord— G. T. Barnhart and Rev. S. N. Watson. 

MGill Street Church, Concord— E. J. Parnell, B. T. Funderburk, 
William Perry, W. S. White and Rev. D. F. Helms. 

West Concord— W. F. Stegall, G. M. Green, A. D. Crisco, Rev. 
J. W. Snyder, G. A. Misenheimer and W C Johnson 

Huntersville — Rev. W. A. Hough. 

Independence Hill— J. R. McCurdy, J. R. Adkins, J. L. Phillips 
and W. F. Baety. 

Kannapolis— H. C. Erwin and Rev. W. T. Talbert. 

Louise — Rev J. C. Gillespie and E. C. McAlpine. 

Matthews— T. A. Newell. 

Ninth Avenue, Charlotte— Rev. L. R. Pruett, D. W. Fink and 
R. .J. Boyd. 

North Charlotte— Rev. S. F. Conrad, J. W. Gaddy and J. F. 
Turner. 

Oak Grove — J. P. Stroup and S. M. Garrison. 

Pleasant Plains — J. J. McLendon, H. L. Helms and L. L. 
Paxton. 

Pritchard Memorial — Dr. E. E. Bomar, Rev. D. M. Austin, W. F. 
Dowd and J. J. Ezell. 

Wilson Grove— W. R. Small. 



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Later in the se&sion letters with delegates from the following 
churches were handed in: 

Cold Water— J. W. Connell, D. M. McDonald and J. T. Earn- 
hardt. 

Friendship — Covington Garrison. 

Himtersville — Rev. W. A. Hough. 

Union Grove — By letter, hut no delegate. 

Pineville — C. J. Price, J. E. McClure and H. M. Stroup. 

The Association was then declared organized and ready for 
Lhe election of officers and the transaction of business. 

On motion of Rev. S. F. Conrad, W. C. Dowd, the former Mod- 
erator, wa selected by acclamation. 

On motion Dr. E. E. Bomar, Rev. S. F. Conrad was elected 
Clerk. 

On motion D. W. Fink, the former Treasurer, was re-elected. 
The Moderator then appointed Rev. W. A. Hough, Dr. H. H. 
Hulten and Rev. J. W. Snyder to report on the order of business. 

The Moderator then recognized as visitors- John E. Ray, of Ral- 
eigh, the President of the Board of Missions, and G. E. Lineberry, 
the Educational Secretary of the Baptist Convention, and Rev. J. U 
Ehrlick, a converted Jew, who were welcomed to seats in the body. 

The Association then adjourned to meet at 2:30 p. m. 



EVENING SESSION. 

Devotional exercises were led by Rev. J, C. Gillespie. Commit- 
tee on Order of Business made a partial report as follows: Home 
Missions, report by Dr. E. E. Bomar. Report on Sunday Schools, 
W. F. Dowd. Re port on Periodicals, Rev. A. L. Betts. 

Preaching at 7:30 p. m. by Rev. J. L. Erhlich, converted Jew. 

Report On Home Missions. 

After his resurrection and before his ascension our Lord an- 
nounced his program of missions. It was: 

'All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Math. 
28: 19-20). Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every 
creature (Mark 16:15), beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:47); and, 
lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age." 

The scheme of missions outlined by the Savior took in the en- 
tire world. But the nature of the case, as well as his command and 
the apostolic example, made the world vision include the lost who 
were near, as well as those who were far away, and made it of 
first importance. Peter and John of the Apostles, who received 
the Commis-sion, healed the man lame at the temple gates. 



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The lame man of today sits at the gate of every church. The 
Jerusalem church was overwhelmingly successful in interpreting 
the gospel to its own community. Having the purpose and power 
to save those around it, it had the spirit that naturally and neces- 
sarily sends forth wholesome streams of saving truth to the dark 
places beyond. 

Our Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria are in the United 
States. Ar e we doing our part to take and keep our country for 
Christ? 

Out of 90,000,000 population in the United States, theer are 
only about 20,000,000 members of evangelical denominations. Are 
we not too much neglecting our Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria? 

Have our churches the unselfish Christian love and consecra- 
tion to take hold of the crying needs of the s-ubmerged and neg- 
lected on the one hand, and of the pleasure seekers and mony- 
mad on the other? The world is asking whether we have a gospel 
that is strong enough to command the hearts and lives of the sin 
buffeted men, and bring the harmony of love where now abides 
the discord of hate and selfish greed. 

Alien immigrants flock to our shores at the rate of a million 
a year, and perhaps- two million more of our own people each year 
are uprooted from their own environment and brought together in 
new relations in new towns and on the frontier. In these people- 
movements is at once a great problem and an unvoiced cry that 
ascends up before God for a gospel that will bring order out of 
chaos and replace the selfish hardness and barrenness of sin with 
good citizenship and brotherly love. 

The Christian denominations of America are awakening to the 
magnitude of thes-e problems and others not here mentioned. They 
are turning with an encouraging unanimity to Home Missions as the 
means whereby such problems must be solved. 

Southern Baptists must take a large part in saving the lost ot 
America. We hold the gospel in its purity. Since we have so 
much to give in making good Americans, while at the same time 
we make Chris-tians, we are under the deeper obligation to do large 
things. Because we are more numerous than any other Christian 
body in the South, our obligation is greater than any other. 

God has blessed the labors of the missionaries of our Home 
Board to far larger fruitage than that shown by the reports of 
similar Mission Boards. 

The Boara last year reported 27,426 baptis-ms and 52,910 addi- 
tions to churches through the labors of missionaries supported 
wholly or in part by it. No Mi&sion Board in the world has re- 
ported results one-half as large as these. No Home Mission Board 
in America, so far asp we can find, had results more than one-third 
as large, though several expended four times as much in the 
work. 



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Our people are becoming aroused to the large importance of 
Home Missions, and each year the Home Board receipts are larger. 
This yearthe Southern Baptist Convention is asking $400,000 to 
be aris-ed for the work of the Home Board. Of this amount $26,000 
is apportioned to our State, and our own Association should raise 
the amount apportioned by the Executive Committee. We ought 
to raise every cent of it and more. We are well able to rais it. 
By the blessing of God shall we not say, "We will raise it!" 

Your Committee recommends: 

1. That this body provide for the apportioning of the amount 
our association is to raise among the churches. 

2. That our pastors be requested to make an earnest effort 
at least once during the year to preach a special sermon on Home 
Missions, and the magnitude and importance of the problems in- 
volved. 

3. That each of our churches during the year make at least 
one liberal offering for this work. 

4. That a club of subscriber& be raised in each church for the 
Home Field, the unusually attractive and illuminating monthly 
magazine of the Home Board. 

5. That churches and pastors be encouraged to make a large 
use of the Home Board's informing tracts and sample copies of the 

Home Field, both of which are free for the asking. 

The address of the Home Mission Board is No. 723 Austell 
Building, Atlanta, Ga. 

E. E. BOMAR, 
For the Committee. 
Report was read and discussed by Dr. E. E. Bomar, and adopted. 

Report on Sunday Schools. 

The importance of the Sunday School work is recognized uni- 
versally, not only by the pastor and church member, but by the 
public at large, so much so that the Daily Press, almost without 
exception, publishes the Sunday School Lesson from week to week. 
In the borders of our own Association, the work shows s-teady 
progress — the increase in membership as shown by letters at the 
last Association being most gratifying. Last year's report showing 
a total membership in the Sunday School in the Association of 
3,889, as against a total church membership of 3,831 or a larger num- 
ber engaged in Sunday School work by 58. And yet no phase of 
Christian work offers better opportunity for developing the indi- 
vidual Christian and, subsequently, the building of stronger and 
more useful Christians. 

In our modern day of neglected Bible reading in the home, the 
Sunday School is doing a great and glorious work. 

While many of our schools in the country are necessarily small, 



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we have in our Association next to the largest school in the State 
— that of the First Church of Charlotte — having an enrolled mem- 
bership of some 1,043. 

As an agency for the preservation of the Sabbath day, the 
Sunday School has no equal, not to speak of its educational 
benefits. 

It is a signal fact that of the new membership reported in 
churches that the larger portion of same comes direct from the 
Sunday School. 

What an opportunity then is afforded the teacher in reaching 
the pupil and training them for the Kingdom. Surely, if we would 
be co-workers with the Master, we will enlist in the Sunday 
School and do our very best work. 

W. F. DOWD. 

The report was read by Mr. W. F. Dowd and discussed by John 
E Ray, of Raleigh; W. C. Dowd, S. F. Conrad and J. L. Erlick. On 
motion it was adopted. 

Periodicals. 

There was no report and the subject was discussed by Rev. i^. 
R. Pruett, S. F. Conrad and Rev. A. U Betts, the field agent of the 
Recorder. 

Committees to Report. 

To report on Digest of Church Letters the Moderator appointed 
Rev. S. F. Conrad, L. R. Pruett and S. N. Watson. 

Finance Committee — J. P. Stroup, L. S. Pigg and J. J. Bzell. 

Committee to Nominate Delegates to Southern Baptist Con- 
vention— S. N. Watson, M. J. Green and L. R. Pruett. 

Committee to Nominate Delegates to Baptist State Conven- 
tion— J. W. Snyder, D. W. Fink and W. R. Small. 

Committee on Time, Place and Preacher for Next Session of 
the Association — W. F. Dowd, D. F. Helms and J. C. Gillespie. 

Association then adjourned to meet at 9:30 a. m. Wednesday. 



WEDNESDAY'S SESSION. 

Association met at 9:30 and was led in devotional exercises 
by Rev. W. T. Talbirt. 

Association was then called to order and the minutes of the 
previous day were read and approved. 

Dr. E. E. Bomar then offered a resolution: That a committee 
be appointed to take in consideration the Laymen's Movement and 



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to report at the next session of the Association a program ol 
w ork. Resolution adopted. 

The Moderator then appointed J. A. Durham, W. F. Dowd and 
\\. J. Fite. 

Dr. H. H. Hulten, for committee, reported for further order 
of bu&iness as follows: Report on Temperance, S. F. Conrad. 
Report on Education, K. W. Hogan. Associational Missions, by 
Executive Committee. 

Report on Temperance. 

Report not being ready, it was discussed by S. F. Conrad and 
the report adopted afterward as follows: 

The tight against the legalized sale of liquor is on to a tinish. 
The time is rapidly coming when the National government will be 
forced by the rising sentiment to take steps- to suppress the liquor 
traffic and to enact laws to protect the States in their rights and 
to refuse to issue a license by the National government in opposition 
to the action of the people of a sovereign State. The representa- 
tives in Congress from the States will demand that the States be 
respected in their rights. We rejoice that the onward march 
against the licensed saloon is going steadily on and that it is 
evident that the question is now attracting public attention from 
the s-tandpoint that the liquor traffic is becoming a menace by 
s-eeking to control legislation in its interest. We believe that the 
time has now come when we need to turn our attention to law en- 
forcement and the suppression of the tendencies to bring the cause 
of prohibition into disrepute. We find we are confronted now in 
this county with an open Sabbath desecration with which we have 
not had to deal heretofore. In view of which we recommend the 
adoption of the following resolutions: 

Resolved, That we, as a body of Christians, representing about 
four thousand members with 18 of the 2G churches of the Associa- 
tion in Mecklenburg County, do hereby express our conviction 
and unmeasured condemnation of the open Sabbath desecration 
which is now going on at Lake wood Park, in this county. As we are 
credibly informed, articles for sale, places of amusement and near- 
beer saloons are being run without molestation by the officers of 
the law, and has become a menace to our homes and an open door 
of temptation, vice and crime to the boys and girls of our com- 
munity. 

Resolved, further, That we do hereby appeal to our solicitor 
and sheriff to take active steps in the suppression of these things, 
and the enforcement of the laws for the protection of our homes. 
We also appeal to our legislature through the representatives 
which may be chosen from the counties of this Association to see 
to it that such laws may be enacted as will protect our SabbatH 



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and abolish the license of the near-beer traffic in the state, and 
that a copy of these resolutions be placed in the hands of the 
sheriffs of these counties and the solicitor of our court, and also 
in the hands of the representaives of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
counties in our next legislature. 

S. F. CONRAD, 
* Committee on Report. 

Report on Education. 

Education has been defined as being not so much the communi- 
cation of knowledge as the discipline of the intellect, establish- 
ment of principles, regulation of the heart. Education then, i 
take it, is the drawing out and the developing of the latent pow- 
ers of an individual. Now the powers of an individual may be 
many and extend in different lines of service — mechanical powers, 
commercial powers, profess-ional powers. That education which 
seeks to strengthen the earning power only is incomplete. One 
may have been trained in the laws governing mechanics; one 
may have been trained in the laws governing commerce; one 
may have been trained in the laws regulating his chosen profes- 
sion so that he can meditate upon these day and night; but 
unless he can say, with the sweet singer of Israel and the more 
brilliant thinker, 'Tn the law of Jehovah do I meditate day and 
night," his education is incomplete. He has neglected that which 
is of paramount importance — the Spiritual part of his being. 

Education then, to be complete, must be coupled with Chris- 
tianity. Christian education then, we conclude, is the only com- 
plete education. Christ enthroned in the heart makes the individ- 
ual a Christian, and Chris-t enthroned in education makes ;t 
Christian. 

For this complete or Christian education of our boys and girls 
we have two well equipped colleges and numerous high schools, 
dotting almost all sections of our commonwealth. 

Under the wise leadership of Prof. G. E. Lineberry, our Educa- 
tional Secretary, these high schools are growing in extent of use- 
fulnes-s and power, and will soon bear richer and more abundant 
fruit in the effiicent service of the young men and women of our 
State. These schools are to be commended for the high grade of 
work which they are doing. 

Wake Forest College stands in the midst of a prosperous sec- 
tion of country, well equipped for the work that she is doing. Her 
faculty is unsurpassed; her students are many; her buildings- are 
superb; her campus beautiful; her class rooms, laboratories, and 
society halls are commodious. Wake Forest stands today without 
a superior in the South. She has- within her walls, this year, about 
four hundred young men worshipping at her shrine, and drinking 



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from her fountains of knowledge. About seventy-five of the woung 
men there are called of God to preach the Gospel. Therefore tne 
duty of the churches to stand by the institution, and especially 
the Board of Education which makes it possible for most of these 
young men to secure a college eduaction. 

At the mention of Meredith our minds go back to 1833, but 
I would remind you, brethren, of the fact that the man of 1833 has 
grown into larger proportions through the years, and today stands 
in our midst represented by one of the greatest and best institutions 
on earth — Meredith College. This colleg for girls is locatd in the 
heart of Raleigh. In December next we are to launch a campaign 
for the purpose of raising one hundred and fifty thousand dollars 
for the larger endowment of Meredith. Dr. R. T. Vann, our much- 
beloved president, rightly says, "A number of our brethren and 
sisters must give largely, and the mass of our people must come to 
the help of those who lead, and come in the spirit of real sacri- 
fice." Bretheren, it is our imperative duty to see to it that this 
Endowment Fund is speedily raised. 

Our high schools and colleges should receive the most hearty 
and cordial s-upport in the power of our people to give. If we are 
to make progress and be able to combat the educational problems 
of the future, it is of supreme importance that we uphold these 
institutions with our money and not less with our girls and boys. 
The eduaction of the masses becomes more complex with each 
succeeding influx of immigrants. If we are to save the day of heated 
battle we must arise to action now. Prepare for war in times of 
peace and so preserve the peace and ahppiness of a properly edu- 
cated people should be our slogan. 

We recommend that this body, the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus 
Association, heartily endorse the Associational High Schools 
around us. 

The report was read by K. W. Hogan and discussed by G. E. 
Lineberry, Educational Secretary of the Convention, in a speech of 
great force and power; also by Archibald Johnson, L. R. Pruett, E. 
Johnson, D. M. Austin and S. F. Conrad. 

Report adopted. 

Report on Orphanage. 

The Thomasville Orphanage holds a high place in the esteem 
and affection of the Baptists of North Carolina. Under the conserv- 
ative and efficient management of Superintendent Kestler, ably as- 
sisted by officers, teachers and matrons, it has grown until 
it now clothes and supports about four hundred boys and girls, 
between the ages of four and sixteen years. 

In addition to the training given in school, which equals that 



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given in the average town graded school, the girls are taught to 
srew, cook and do house work; the boys to milk, print and work on 
the farm. Thus are our wards being prepared head and hand for 
successful business careers, and at the same time they are being 
trained for usefulness in our churches. 

As the institution has no endowment and i& entirely dependent 
upon the Baptists of North Carolina for its support and mainten- 
ance, we would urge upon the pastor and Sunday School superin- 
tendents, the importance of keeping its needs before the people. 
The school or church which works for a good cause helps itself 
more than the caus-e it seeks to bless. 

The Orphanage appeals to every one of our Baptist people 
The orphan children at Thomasville Orphanage are the charge ot 
the Baptists of North Carolina, God's own people. They care for 
them in His name, not from compulsion, but because of the love 
they have for these little ones. 

Charity and Children, a weekly paper, ably edited by Mr. 
Johnson, and printed by the Orphanage, is, we believe, the best 
paper of its kind in America, is richly worth the subs-cription price, 
$1.00 per year, and should have a wider circulation among the 
members of our churches. 

S. N. WATSON. 

The report was written by Rev. S. N. Watson and read by S. b\ 
Conrad. Report was discussed by Brother Archibald Johnson, in 
what was regarded as one of the most forcible and effective 
speeches ever made before the Association on the Orphanage work. 

Report adopted. 

Association then adjourned until two o'clock p. m. 



WEDNESDAY EVENING. 

After devotional exercises- led by J. J. McLendon, the Associa- 
tion was called to order and the following committees made re- 
ports : 

Reports of Committees. 

To Nominate Delegates to Southern Baptist Convention — The 
committee reported the nomination of Dr. E. E. Bomar and D. F. 
Helms. Report adopted. 

Committee to Nominate Delegates to Baptist State Convention 
—Reported Rev. L. R. Pruitt, Rev. S. F. Conrad, Rev. S. N. Watson, 
Rev. K. W. Hogan and J. A. Durham. Report adopted. 

Committee on Time, Place and Preacher — Reported as to time, 
Wednesday morning at 10:30 a. m. before the third Sunday in 
September, 1911. P lace, Pineville Baptist Church. Preacher, Rev. 
S. N. Watson. Alternate, Rev. D. M. Austin. Report adopted. 

Committee to Nominate Executive Board — Reported the old 



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Board, as follows: L. R. Pruett, T. D. Maness, T. J. Renfrow, E, 
E. Bomar and W. C. Dowd. 

Report of the Finance Committee 
The Finance Committee reports the following amounts as 
received by them: 

For State Missions $ 58.80 

For Home Missions 33.50 

For Foreign Missions 23.40 

For OrtDhanage 27.60 

For Ministerial Education 3.00 

For Old Ministers Relief . . . 5.00 

For Minutes and Clerk 30.50 

For Sunday School Missions 2.00 



$183.80 
J. P. STROUP, 
Chairman of Committee. 

Report on Temperance. 

The subject was discussed at the morning session without a 
report and the report was made by S, F. Conrad and adopted. 



Meeting of the Woman's Missionary Society. 

The Association suspended its session and gave way for the 
Woman's Missionary organization, Addresses were made by Mrs. 
C. E. Mason and Miss Eva Liddell, and short speeches were made 
by W. C. Dowd, the Moderator; Rev. L. R. Pruett, K. W. Hogan. 
and others. 

Report on State Missions 

During the first several years of the Board's existence the ef- 
forts of the missionaries were directed chiefly to evangelization. 
The misisonaries were known in some sections as itinerants and 
the field of one man covered several counties. Then came the cul- 
tivation of local points. Missionaries were stationed at im- 
portant places with a view to establishing churches. Charlotte 
was one of the points to which a missionary was assigned. We 
have now come to a time in our work when we must cultivate in- 
tensly. We must plant more churces in communities that are 
rapidly filling up and we must see to it that in every community 



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where there is no Baptist Church that one is established. It in 
our duty to keep North Carolina in the Baptist column, and this 
can only be done by preaching our peculiar doctrines in every 
community. Again, we are to s-pread the truth to the ends of the 
earth. In order to do this we must make our base of supplies as 
strong as possible. 

We have, under the appointment of the Board, a hundred and 
forty-eight missionaries, and the reports that come from them 
quarterly show that gratifying progress- is being made in their 
fields. 

To secure the progress of the Kingdom everywhere, at home 
and abroad, we must push State Missions. 

LIVINGSTON JOHNSON. 

The report was read by Kev. L. Johnson, who addressed the 
Association in a strong speech, outlining the marvelous work as 
done by the State Mission Board since its- organization. The report 
was also discussed by S. F. Conrad, who made a motion that the 
Association pledge itself to undertake to raise $1,500 the next 
Associational year. After remarks by Drs, Hulten and Bomar and 
Moderator W. C. Dowd, the report was adopted. 

On motion of Rev, L. R. Pruett the Moderator appointed a com- 
mittee consisting of L. R. Pruett and S. F. Conrad to arrange a 
program and place for a Union Meeting. 

Report of the Missionaries 

The missionaries present who were working under appoint- 
ment by the Executive Board of the Association and the State 
Mission Board at Raleigh, were requested to report as to the work 
in their fields, interesting reports were made by W. A. Hough, D. 
F. Helms, J. W. Snyder, K. W. Hogan and S. F. Conrad. Associa- 
tion then adjourned until 7:30 p m. 



NIGHT SESSION. 

Association met according to appointment and opened with 
prayer by G. E. Lineberry. 

The Association took up first the 

Report on Digest of Church Letters. 

Your committee finds four churches without letters and other 
reporting so late in the session of the Association a& to make an 
accurate digest of the letters an impossibility, and besides as cur- 
tailing upon the committee a great amount of double work, as the 
changing of the figures means a new arrangement of every colunm 



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of statistics and the addition over of all the tables. A church worth 
the name can prepare its letter before the Association meets and 
can send in the letter to the Clerk if it should fail to send any dele- 
gates. Many of the letters we find badly compiled, and nearly every 
one of them inaccurate in their figures, and many incomplete and 
unsatisfactory as to information. Some of them are an evidence 
of a low state of spirituality and manifest a lack of business meth- 
ods as to keeping the church records. 

We find this year we have fallen behind our last year's rec- 
ord on some of the leading objects, while we have advanced on 
others. 

Last year we gave to State Missions $1,219.12, and this year 
$1,047.10. For Home Missions we gave last year $816.50, this year 
$1,] 63.38. For Foreign Missions we gave last year $2,797.82, this 
year $2,209.80. For the Thomasville Orphanage we gave last year 
$480.06, this year we have given $918.54. Huntersville Church re- 
ports nothing for Home and Foreign Missions. McGill Street 
Church, Concord, reports nothing for State Missions, but will take 
its collection before convention. Four churches report no Sunday 
Schools, viz: Huntersville. Newells, Rock Hill and Cold Water. 
Our enrollment in Sunday Schools this year is 4,218 as against 3,879 
last year, a gain of 320. Our average attendance this year is 1,981 
against 1,935 last year. North Charlotte Church enjoys the dis- 
tinction of having a larger average attendance in Sunday School, 
than it has members on its church roll. It reports an average of 
200, and 146 church members-. We report 250 Baptisms this year, 
as against 361 last year. Our total church membership this year 
is 4,065, against 3,831 last year. Altogether our records are not quite 
so good as they were last year. 

S. F. CONRAD, 
L. R. PRUETT, 
D. W. SNYDER, 

Committee. 

Report was read by Rev. K. W. Hogan for S. F. Conrad, and 
adopted. 

Report on Foreign Missions. 

"Come over into Macedonia, and help us" is the call of For- 
eign Missions. The work of our Board in Richmond is the answer- 
ing of this Call of God. Thi& Macedonian cry has three phases: 
First, it is the call of God; second, it is a call for men; third, it is 
a call from men. 

In answer to this plea for the Gospel from foreign lands our 
Board has sent out about 247 missionaries and employs 400 native 
helpers, making, in all, 647 workers. Secretary Willingham reported 
that last year was- the best in the history of the work of the 
Board. 



The field is composed of China, Japan, Africa, Italy, Mexico, 
Brazil and Argentina. What a vast territory, covering such a large 
part of the globe and embracing more than two-thirds of the 
human race who have never heard the Gospel of Life and Salva- 
tion. In all these fields the outlook is encouraging and hopeful. 
Our missionaries can go now into any part of the world with the 
Gospel without fear and molestation. The opportunity has come 
to give the Gospel to the whole, wide world. Nations that were 
once hos-tile and unfriendly toward the misisonaries, are beginning 
to hear them gladly. Every phase of the work of our Foreign 
Board is prosperous, both at home and abroad. The brethren and 
sisters and children through their various organizations are giving 
more; the educational method, under the inspirational leadership 
of Dr. T. B. Ray, is beginning to create in the minds and hearts of 
our people a thirst for misisonary information; and the Educational 
Department is rendering valuable service in the publication of the 
Foreign Misison Journal and by the distribution of tracts. 

North Carolina has been asked to give at least $45,000 this 
year, and the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association should under- 
take to raise her part. 

The writer would heartily offer the following recommendations: 

. That there be organized in this Association a Woman's Mis- 
sionary Union. 

2. That there be Missionary and Sunbeam Societies organized 
in all the churches- of the Association, which do not now have 
them. 

8, That the members of our churches be encouraged to read 
the Foreign Mission Journal and mission tracts. 

4. That a contribution for Foreign Missions be secured from 
every church and from every member of the church. 

L. R. PRUETT. 

The report was written by L. R. Pruett and read by W. A. 
Hough. Report was discussed by Miss Beulah Bowden, Mi&sionary 
to Mexico, and C. E. Mason. Report adopted. 

The Moderator on behalf or the Association extended thanks 
to Independence Hill Church and the good people of the communi- 
ty for the splendid hospitality and entertainment given the Associa- 
tion during its session. The As-sociation then adjourned with 
prayer and benediction by Dr. Hulten. 

The Association closed one of the best ses-sions of its history 
with a most hopeful outlook for 1911. 



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A LETTER TO THE CHURCHES. 



Dear Brethren: — 

As members of the Executive Board of the Mecklenburg and 
Cabarrus Association we deem it proper that a word of explanation 
be made to the churches on the plan of apportionment as adopted 
by the As-sociation. It is not to be regarded as an assessment or a 
tax which the Association would impose upon the churches, but 
simply as suggestive as to what would be a reasonable and equita- 
ble division among the churches of the amounts we should under- 
take to raise for the various- objects to which we contribute.. 

Experience has proven that it is better to aim at a definite 
amount than at nothing at all, and on this principle our State 
Mission Board pitches its Avork for each conventional year. This 
year it asks the churches for 45,000. We have 148 Missionaries 
under appointment by the Board and the whole Baptist denomina- 
tion is pledged to meet their salaries. 

Our Southern Bapti&t Convention has pitched its work on a 
basis of one million dollars. Four hundred thousand to Home Mis- 
sions and six hundred thousand to Foreign Missions, and has asked 
the Associations to assume their proportional part of this- amount. 
The growing and constantly widening field demands an increase ?n 
contributions. We suggest that all our churches this year try to 
make an advance of at least 25 per cent, over last year and to 
this end make a personal canvass of the entire members-hip of each 
church, and secure a pledge for a definite amount from each mem- 
ber to be paid in monthly during the year. Let these pledges be 
specific as to the objects so each member will give intelligently 
and in proportion to the importance of the cause to which the} 
contribute. Then let these amounts be sent directly to the Treas- 
urer of the Convention, Walter Durham, at Raleigh, or to S. H. 
Averett, at Thomasville, for the Orphanage. 

L. R. PRUETT, 
E. E. BOMAR, 
W. C. DOWD, 
T. D. MANESS, 
T. J. RENFROW, 
Executive Committee. 



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S. L. Mullen, Huntersville 
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C. J. Price, Matthews . . . 
'.T. E. Broom, Matthews . . 
J. J. Ezell, Charlotte .. .. 


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J. A. Combs, Charlotte . . «/ 
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K. W. Hogan, Pineville . . yf 
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Phone 341 and 350 38 N. College St. 

Massey Grocery Co. 

Successors to Usher Brothers. 

Phone us at 341 and 350 when in need of Groceries. 

Our Teas, Coffees and Spices are the finest in the 
City. We are sale agents for Club House Goods, our 
fan-y line is worth the time to look over. 

Remember we have the finest Celery and Head 
Lettuce in the State. Headquarters for Butter, Eggs, 
and country produce. Our delivery is prompt, our 
policy is to please. Try us once and you will try us 
twice- 

Massey Grocery Company 

38 North College St. 



What We Do in Our Bank 

DEPOSITS RECEIVED in the Commercial Department 
from Corporations, Firms, Individuals, Merchants, Pro- 
fessional Men, Capitalists, &c. 

EXCHANGE BOUGHT AND SOLD on all the principal cit- 
ies in the Unif-,ed States, Europe. Asia and Africa. 

LETTERS OF CREDIT AND TRAVELING CHECKS avail- 
able in all parts of the world issued at lowest rates. 

LOANS MADE on satisfactory securitj^ at prevailing rate. 

SAVINGS DEPARTMENT receives deposits one dollar and 
upward, interest at 4 per cent, compounded. 

CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT issued bearing 4 per cent 
interest. 

OH^gL#Tf Ig 1« ©B 

Capital |500,000.00 

Surplus and Profits $340,000.00 

R. A. Dunn, President. W. E. Holt, Vice President. 

A. G. Brenier, Cashier. A. T. Summey, Asst. Cashier: 






The Charlotte News 

Is the leading evening paper in the two 
Carolinas. If you want to-days nea>s to- 
day try it. 

The Times-Democrat 

ie leading semi-Weekly in this territory, 
fhe paper for those who cannot get a 
fly paper, 

he News Printing 
^ouse - - - - 

\uld like to do your Job 'Printing. 
e print anything. Work and prices 
guaranteed 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 

TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

MECKLENBURG AND 
CABARRUS ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH 

Stough Memorial 
Baptist Church 

PIlSHEVrLLE, NORTH CAROLINA 

SEPTEMBER 13TH AND 14TH, 1911 

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3BE 



PURITY 



In the home and in education, 
produce noble men and women 

Our greater Colleges use Stieff 
Pianos exclusively, because they 
are musically Pure :-: :-: 

In the home a Stieff Piano is 
an emblem of purity in musical 
refinement and proof of an 
Artistic taste :-: :-: :-: 

Only Artistic Standard sold 
direct Write to-day for prices 
and terms 

CHAS. M. STIEFF 

Manufacturer of the piano with 
the sweet tone 

SOUTHERN WAREROOM 
a 5 West Trade St., Charlotte, N. C. 

C //. WILMOTH, Mgr, 



Capital 
$500,000.00 



THE 



Surplus and Profits 
360,000.00 



Commercial National Bank 






CHARLOTTE, N. C. 



4 Per Cent 
interest 
Paid on 
Savings 
Accounts, 
i nterest 
Compounded 
Quarterly 
4 Per Cent 
Interest 
Paid On 
Certificates 
of Deposits 
if Left 
Three 
IVIonths or 
Longer. 

We Solicit 

Accounts of 

Merchants, 

Manufacturers, 

Capitalists, 

Corporations, 

Court Officers, 

Administrators 

Executors, 

Guardians, 

and 

Your 

Personal 

Account. 

We have some elegant offices left in the above 
New Building. Call and see us. 

A. G BRENIZER, Prest R. A. DUNN. 1st Vice-Prest, 

W. E. HOLT. 2nd Vice-Prest A. T. SUMMEY. Cashier 

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The Baptist Preparatory School for this section of the 
State. Quick and thorough preparation for any college in 
the South. Students finish at Wake Forest in three 
years. Literary Society work emphasized greatly. Col- 



ij lege trained teachers in all departments. Board per Q 

8 month $10.00. Tuition per month $2.00 to $2.80. Excel- i 

lent Music and Elocution Departments. For catalogue, 

address, 

X J. G. CARROLL 

WINGATE, N. C. 



JOHN W. SMITH 



DEALER IN 
Groceries and Fresh Country Produce 

Something Qood to ^at Jill the ^ime 

Rhones 290 and 29 1 3 1 6 Souih College Street 



There is a difference in almost everything that the 
world has. More so about the Grocery business, there is 
good groceries and bad also. I am interested in the 
better Grocery business. I have made it a life study and 
have spent the best part of my life time at it. If you 
need Groceries, call me up 290-291 is my 'Phones. 



L. 



JOHN IV. SMITH 



BOILING SPRINGS 
HIGH SCHOOL 

SHELBY, N.C. 



Established by the Kings Mountain and Sandy Run 
Associations. Spacious Brick Dormitories for boys and 
girls. Equipment in buildings worth $40,000. Ideal Chris- 
tian community, Expenses low. Excellent Library and 
Literary Societies. Experienced Teachers. Departments 
of Music, Art and Literary courses unsurpassed. Students 
prepared for college ready to enter Wake Forest, Mere- 
dith or any other. For catalogue and further particulars, 
address, 

W. J. FRANCIS 

Shelby, N. C. 



This is one of the best equipped High Schools in North 
Carolina and for healthfulness as to locality and desira- 
bleness as to community is unsurpassed. 

S. F. CONRAD. 



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CHARLOTTE NATIONAL BANK 8 

RESOURCES $2,000,000.00 

INVITES DE'POSITS SUBJECT TO CHECK 

Pa^s 4 per cent on Savings Deposits 

Pa^s 4 per cent on '^ime Certificates of Deposit 

T^ents Safe Deposit ^oxes for $2.00 per ^ear 



OFFICERS 



J. H. LITTLE. President J. F. ROBERTSON. Vice-President 

JNO. M. SCOTT. Vice-President W. H. TWITTY. Cashier 

Fall Shoes 




If you want good Shoes at the 
right price see us-- We have them. 

Our Ladies $3,00 and $3.50 
Shoes are the best to be had at 
theprice.--''FOOT'FnTERS'' 



Thompson's 

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MINUTES 



OF THE 



TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



MECKLENBURG ANI> 
CABARRUS ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH 

Stough Memorial 
Baptist Church 

F»INEVIi:.L<E, NORTH C^ROLIN^ 

SEPTEMBER 13TH AND 14TH. 1911 



The next session will be held with the First Baptist Church 
in Concord on Wednesday before the third Sunday in September, 
1912, at 10:30 a. m. Introductory sermon to be preached by Dr. E.E. 
Bomar, Charlotte; Rev. L. A-Fruett, Charlotte, alternate. 



LIST OF ORDAINED MINISTERS. 



Austin, Rev. D. M Utiarlotte, N. U. 

Bomar, Dr. E. E. Charlotte, N. C. 

Conrad, Rev. S. F Charlotte, N. C. 

Combs, Rev. J. A (Chadwick) Charlotte, N. C. 

Caudle, Rev Charlotte, N. C. 

Davenport, Rev. J. E. M Matthews, N. C. 

Flanders, Rev. W. N. Hendersonville, N. C. 

Gillespie, Rev. J. C Charlotte, N. C. 

Gower, Rev. C. E Charlotte, N. C. 

Hulten, Dr. H. H Charlotte, N. C. 

Hagler, Rev. R. M Mint Hill, N. C. 

Hogan, Rev. K. W Charlotte, N. C. 

Helms, Rev. D. F Concord, N. C. 

Hough, Rev. W. A Charlotte, N. C. 

Pruett, Rev. L. R Charlotte, N. C. 

Pace, Rev. J. R (Chadwick) Charlotte, N. C. 

Snyder, Rev. J. W Concord, N. C. 

Watson, Rev. S. N Concord, N. C. 

Talbert, Rev. W. T Concord, N. C. 



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. 

Rev. L. R. Pruett, Rev. E. E. Bomar, T. D. Maness, T. J. 
Renfrow and W. C. Dowd. 

Clerk of Association. 
Rev. S. F. Conrad, Charlotte, N. C. 



BY-LAWS. 

1. — The daily session of the Association shall be opened and 
closed with prayer. 

2. Delegates shall be recognized by letters from their churches, 
designating them as such. 

3. The Moderator shall recognize corresponding messengers 
or the delegates of newly-received Churches by extending to them 
the right hand of fellowship. 

4. The Clerk shall provide blank letters for the use of the 
Churches of the Association previous to the meeting of the Asso- 
ciation, superintend the publication and distribution of the min- 
utes, preserve a file of them and nave it present at each annual 
session, read the proceedings of the preceding session at the begin- 
ning of each morning session, and the last day's proceedings at the 
close of the annual session. 

5. Members desiring to speak shall first rise and address the 
Moderator; shall use the term "Brother," in speaking to each 
other; shall not speak on the same subject more than twice with- 
out permission, and shall observe the courtesy that becomes Chris- 
tians. 

6. Members shall not absent themselves from the session 
without permission of the Association. 

7. A copy of the Minutes shall be sent to the Secretary or 
the State Mission Board, also a copy to the Secretary of the South- 
ern Baptist Convention, and one to the American Baptist Publica- 
tion Society, 1420 Chestnut street, Philadelphia, and one to the 
Field Secretary for Sunday Schools in North Carolina. 

8. All questions of order not herein provided shall be decided 
by "Parliamentary Law." 

9. he report of the Executive Board and the missionary work 
of the Association with short reports from the missionaries shall 
take precedence of all other bsuiness during the morning session 
Of the second day of the annual session. 

ORDER OF BUSNESS. 

The general order of business shall be: 

(1) Enrollment of delegates. 

(2) Election of officers. 

(3) Petitionary letters. 

(4) Appointment of committees for this season: 

(5) Appointment of standing committees. 

(6) Report of special committees. 

(7) Reports of standing committees. 

(8) Report of other committees. 

(9) Miscellaneous business. 



♦ PROGRAM FOR NEXT ASSOCIATION. ^ 



To Prepare Reports: 

State Missions Rev. L. R. Pruett. 

Home Mi&sions Dr. E, E. Bomar. 

Foreign Missions Rev. D. M. Austin. 

Orphanage Rev. W. A. Hough. ■ 

Periodicals Rev. J. R. Pace. • 

Sunday Schools Dr. H. H. Hulten. • 

Education Rev. S. N. Watson. - 

Temperance Rev. S. F. Conrad. • 



Do not send any but your Minute Money to the Associa- 
Send the Mission Money to Treasurer at Raleigh. 

Brethren, write your reports beforehand, and put in 
them such information as will be worthy of the cause, and 
do not leave them to be written at haphazard on the leaf 
of a minute or scribbled In an almost illegible hand. Type- 
write them and they will not need to be rewritten for print- 
ing. 

S. F. C, Clerk. 



REPORT OF ASSOCIATION. 



The Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association met with the 
Stough Memorial Baptist Church in Pineville, according to appoint- 
ment on Wednesday, September 13th, 1911. The introductory ser- 
mon was preached by &. N. Watson, of Concord, from Matthew 
16: 24: Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any man will come 
after me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 

Following the sermon, W. C. Dowd, the Moderator, called the 
Association to order by calling for the letters from the churches. 
Eighteen churches respondedwith letters, and their delegates en- 
rolled. During the session five others reported by letter with dele- 
gates and all the churches represented are reported as follows: 

Arlington — R, J. Connell, R. M. Hagler. 

Clear Creek— H. W. Piggg, L. S. Pigg, J. A. Helms. 

Cornelius^ — Lee Parker, C. A. Hedgepeth. 

Chadwick— I. S. Wallace, E. D. Thomas. 

Charlotte First Church— Dr. H. H. Hulten, W. C. Dowd, B. F. 
Withers, J. A. Durham, J. P. Hackney. 

Charlotte Pritchard Memorial — Dr. E. E. Bomar, D. M. Austin, 
J. J. Ezell, W. F. Dowd, Z. V. Kendrick. 

Charlotte Ninth Avenue— L. R. Pruett, R. J. Boyd, T. C. Hun- 
neycutt. 

Charlotte, Louise — J. C. Gillespie, S. A. Helms, J. C. Redding, A. 
B. Hayes. 
Charlotte, North — S. F. Conrad, A. H. Dryman. 

Concord, First Church— S. N. Watson, B. McLester, Thomas 
Barnhardt. 

Concord, McGill Streets — M. A. Carpenter. 

Concord, West— J. W. Snyder, W. F. Stegall, G. C. Hartsell, F. 
Brantly. 

Friendship — Covington Garrison, Pearl Garrison. 

Huntersvllle — Letter. No delegate. 

Independence Hill— C. S. Davis, J. B. Flowers, J. R. Adkins, S. 
W. Davis. 

Kannapolis — M. H. Carter. 

Long Creek— W. O. Smith, J. S. Underwood. 

Matthews— J. W. Phillips. 

Newell — Arthur Jordan. 

Oak Grove — J. P. Stroupe, M. A. Edwards. 

Pleasant Plain — J. J. McLendon. 

Stowe Memorial — Joseph Griffin, F. E, Pressly, J. A. Cook. 

Wilson Grove— W. R. Small, W. F. Stegall. 

On motion of Dr. E. E. Bomar, K. W. Hogan was instructed to 
cast the vote of the Association for W. C. Dowd, Moderator, and for 



S. F. Conrad, Clerk, and J. J. Ezell, Treasurer. K. W. Hogan then 
ca&t the unanimous vote of the Association for these brethren, who 
were elected. 

The Moderator extended an invitation to all visiting brethren 
to let themselves be known, and the following brethren were wel- 
comed to seats in the body: E. L. Middleton, Secretary of Sunday 
Schools; G. E. Lineberry, Educational Secretary; s. P, Hare and 
J. K. Hare, of South Carolina. The Moderator then appointed K. W. 
Hogan. 

E. E. Bomar and J. W. Snyder, Committee on Order of Busi- 
ness, who reported that Sunday Schools be first considered. 

Report on Sunday Schools. 

The report was read by Dr. E. E. Bomar and discussed by E. L. 
Middleton, after which the report was adopted: 

According to the minutes of our last meeting (1910), there 
were 18 Sunday Schools in the Association, which kept open IZ 
months in the year; one, nine months, and one three months. 
Wilson Grove, Newell, Cold Water and Kock Hill did not report 
any schools. Huntersville reported a Union school. 

It is encouraging to note that 18 of the 26 churches have Sun- 
day Schools which keep open every Sunday of the year. 

Conditions are such in some localities which make union 
schools imperative, but it should be recognized that the best reS'Ults 
are obtained where each denomination does its own work. There 
is a most excellent Union school at Elizabeth Mill, Charlotte, con- 
ducted by members of Pritchard Memorial and Ninth Avenue 
churches. The mill is small and the population is not sufficient 
for the Baptists to conduct their own school alone. 

The total enrollment of scholars in the Association is 4,222 and 
the total average attendance is 2,057 — not quite 50 per cent of the 
enrollment. These figures are for 1910. 

The low average attendance indicates an unsettled and chang- 
ing population, which is indeed the case with a large portion of the 
Baptists in the Association. But, this very shifting and changing 
tinder proper direction will make for growth. Anything is better 
than stagnation. 

Passing to consideration of the work in the State and within 
the bounds of the Southern Baptist Convention, we find on all hands 
indications of advancement and improvement. Our Sunday School 
Board, located at Nashville, is perhaps the most efficient organi- 
zation of its character in the United States. Raleigh is in close co- 
operation with the Sunday School Board at Nashville, and oud most 
excellent State Secretary, Mr. E. L. Middleton, is tireless in his ac- 
tivity, and effiicent along all lines. 



During recent years there has been marked progress in the 
Sunday Schools of North Carolina. In ten years we have gained 
212 churches and 55,420 members, but in the last five years of this 
same decade we have gained 519 Sunday Schools and 62,102 Sunday 
School pupils, thus making much larger gains in five years in our 
Sunday Schools than in ten years in our churches. The same gains 
were made in contributions to Convention objects through the 
Sunday Schools. 

If we compare our State work with the whole Southern Baptist 
Convention we have ground for encouragement. During the last 
five years there was a gain of nearly 22 per cent in the number or 
Baptist Sunday Schools in the South, but in North Carolina a gain 
of over 40 per cent. In the same time the South gained 34 per cent 
in Sunday School membership, but in North Carolina we gained 5y 
per cent. 

The demand for trained officers and teachers is growing. Our 
Secretary is pressing this work with success. Rev. Dr. Prince hi. 
Burroughs, lately of Texas, has been employed by the Sunday 
School Board at Nashville, to attend to this one thing. Others 
are co-operating, and together they are pressing this work. We 
need more teachers and also more teachers who are trained to their 
work. 

A Policy for 1911. 

We offer the following suggestions, copied from Mr. Middleton's 
report to the North Carolina State Convention, as a policy for the 
j^ear before us^: 

1. Thoroughly organize the work. 

2. Secure a standard of excellence for Baptist Sunday Schools 
from the Secretary, E. L. Middleton, Raleigh, N. C, and begin in 
each local school an effort to reach "A-1" in this standard. 

3. Press the matter of teacher training in normal classes for 
each school. 

4. Observe some time in September, October, or some other 
month as a "Rally Day," or "Enlistment Day," and endeavor to 
get into Sunday School all the children of the neighborhood. 

5. Plan for reaching more of our own church members, by a 
definite canvass of those who do not attend. If we can get the 
church members to attend Sunday School the children will be 
sure to attend. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. E. BOMAR, 

For the Committee. 



Report on Laymen's Movement. 

At the last session the following committee was appointed to 
report on the Laymen's Movement, and report on a program tor 
work. The committee appointed consisted of J. A. Durham, W. t\ 
Dowd and W. J. Fite. A report was handed in from Chairman J. A. 
Durham and read and on motion received after discussion by Dr. 
E. E. Bomar. On motion the committee was continued with ins'truc- 
tions from the Moderator to prepare a report and report at next 
session of the Association. 

Your Committee on Laymen's Movement beg leave to report 
that the committee has effected no organization an as a committee 
have done practically nothing. At the same time, your committee 
desires to express its faith in the spirit and purpose of the move- 
ment, and its gratification that some of the churches are attempting 
with success to get the individual members to contribute weekly to 
missions. One of these churches, the Ninth Avenue, has been much 
helped by the movement and the system of weekly giving. 

It is confidently believed that the appointment of a missionary 
committee in each church and the canvass of the church members, 
for weekly contributions to missions, will result in great benefit to 
the members, as well as to the cause of missions. 

The committee expresses the hope that the Laymen's Movement 
work will be well organized in North Carolina at no great distant 
date. 

L W. DURHAM, Chairman, 

For the Committee. 



Committee on order of business made the following report for 
afternoon and night sessions: 

Adjourn at 12:30. Meet at 2 p. m. Spend 15 minutes in devo- 
tional exercises, led by D. F. Helms. 

Home Miss-ions from 2:15 to 3 p. m. 

Education from 3 to 3:40; 3:40 to 4:30, Temperance. For lack 
of time the report on Temperance was deferred until the night 
session. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Association met at 2 p. m. and after spending 15 minutes in 
devotion the report on Home Missions was read by S. N. Watson, 
of Concord, and, on motion, discussed by himself and Rev. J. K. 
Hare, of South Carolina. Report was adopted. 



Report on Home Miasions. 

Home Missions is the philosophy of making real a Christian 
civilization in America. To accomplish its purposes is a matter 
of surpassing importance in any wisely conceived mission policy. 

The Old Testament prophet&, whose eyes kindled with a 
vision of the world turning to God, in furthering this divine 
purpose gave their whole lives to Home Missions. In the Great 
Commission our Lord gave commands that extend to the utmost 
limits of the earth, but for all time they also include for each 
disciple the limits of his own community. They radiate out from 
that and take in every place between it and the place furtherest 
away. 

In the prosecution of the purpose of our Lord for the redemp- 
tion of the world, Peter and Philip and Stephen and James were 
as truly carrying out the divine plan of missions when they 
preached to the Jews as Paul was when he carried the glad news to 
the Gentiles. Foreign Missions succeed only when it settles down 
and makes itself at home. Home Mis-sions is missions making for 
itself a real home in the hearts of men, and in the economic, social 
and civic relationships of our own land. We must insist that the 
gospel of grace shall rise so high in the hearts of God's people 
that it shall overflow and enrich the arid fields of greed and 
injustice and crime and wickedness in our own country. If we 
do not, we surely can not think that our gospel is strong enougti 
to conquer heathen nations. Moreover, how shall we reply if the 
heathen nations shall say to us. Physician, heal thyself? 

Out of 92,000,000 population in America only about 20,000,000 
are members of evangelical denominations. About 12,000,000 be- 
long to the Catholics, but their faith is so foreign to the genius 
of American institutions and so obscure the teachings of the 
Savior in its idolatrous dogmas of saint worship and papal infalli- 
bility that we must regard this religious body as a spiritual 
liability rather than an asset. 

The present growth of the South in material prosperity is 
marvelous. Our vast material resources are being developed witn 
an almost greedy haste. The enormous property losses of the 
Civil War have been retrieved and this section now has more wealth 
than the entire nation had when the war began. 

Shall this material prosperity be a curse or a blessing to 
the South? The Christian people of the South hold the answer 
If our religion is virile enough to consecrate this wealth to spiritual 
and moral ends, it will be a blessing. But, if not — if the prosperity 
of our people is devoted roselflsh lux ury and pleasure — it will 
become a curs-e to the people and the nation. We stamp the name 
of God on our minted coin, but only as that name is engraved 
on the living hearts of men will it avail for the nation or for a lost 



soul. The greatest single threat to the power of religion in the 
South today is the Mammon of unconsecrated wealth. 

The Home Mission Board conducts many departments of activ- 
ity for saving the people and preparing them for lives of service- 
It has about forty-two workers among the foreigners, twenty-eight 
mountain mission schools with 127 teachers and 4,500 students, 
eighteen trained evangelists, who last year baptized about 3,000 
converts; thirty-five negro missionary evangelists working effec- 
tively among the Southern negroes; thirty-four miS'Sionaries who 
supply fifty-six churches and mission stations in Cuba, five mis- 
sionaries and four helpers doing a successful work in the Canal 
Zone; a church building department which aided in building 28» 
churches last year, and twenty missionaries among the Indians in 
Oklahoma. 

Besides the above, the Home Board participates co-operatively 
(principally with State Mission Boards) in a number of States in 
maintaining about 1,100 missionary pastors. This co-operative mis- 
sion work is in line with the Convention's instructions to the 
Board to form the closest possible relationship with the existing 
agencies of the denomination in the various Stales. 

To the end that our Board may enlarge its activities and do 
for the denomination a work worthy of so great a Christian body 
and commensurate with the present urgent needs, your committee 
pleads for regular and large collections for Home Missions in the 
churches. Our Board could wisely expend a million dollars a year 
for it. It ought to do it, if we can only bring our churches to 
make a liberal response to its needs. Surely Southern Baptists 
must raise the $400,000 asked, and our own State its apportionment 
of $26,000.00. 

Your committee recommends: 

1. That prayer be made in the churches for Home Mission*, 
that God may open our eyes to see and our purses to use the 
rich opportunities to establish our country on the everlasting 
Rock of Ages. 

2. That regular collections throughout the year be insisted 
on, instead of waiting, as so many do, to the end of the year to 
give to this cause. 

3. That our pastors be requested to make an earnest effort 
at least once during the year to preach a special sermon on Home 
Missions, and the magnitude and importance of the problems 
involved. 

4. That a club of subscribers be raised in each church for the 
Home Field, the unusually attractive and illuminating monthly 
magazine of the Home Board. 

5. That churches andpastors be encouraged to make a larger 
use of the Home Board's informing tracts and sample copies of The 



Heme iFeld, both of which ahe free for the asking. 

The address of the Home Mission Board is Austell Building, 
Atlanta, Georgia. 

S. N. WATSON, 

For Committee. 

The Report on Education was then taken up, and the report 
not heing ready was discussed without a report, by G. E. Lineberry, 
the Education Secretary of the Convention, who discussed the en- 
dowment question of Meredith College, and its- claims upon the 
denomination. He was followed by J. R. Pace, of Chadwick, in a 
most earnest plea for our people to patronize our own schools. The 
report on Education was to have been prepared by J. E. M. Daven- 
port, who was detained at home by illness. 

Committee on Order of Business reported that Dr. H. H. Hulten, 
of Charlotte, would preach at the night service. 



NIGHT SESSION. 

In the absence of the Moderator, Rev. L. R. Pruett was called 
to the chair, and after prayer the report on temperance was read 
and discussed by S, F. Conrad and adopted. E'ollowing the report 
on Temperance a sermon was preached by Dr. H. H. Hulten, of 
Charlotte, on "Soul Winning," from the text "And he brought him 
to Jesus," John 1: 42. 

Report on Temperance. 

Since our last session, a yaer ago, we are glad to note that 
commendable progress has been made in law enforcement, and 
also in the enactment of some new laws which have been most 
beneficial in their effects. 

The abolition of the licensed &ale of near-beer, and some 
changes made as to the keeping of liquor in clubs, and confining it 
to private lockers, has wrought some radical changes as to the 
use of them as general drinking resorts. It is most noticeable that 
along with these changes public drunkenness has- very manifestly 
decreased. The arrest and punishment of Blind Tigers has had a 
deterring effect, and, altogether, there is an improvement in the 
moral tone of our larger towns. 

But, let us not forget that the liquor traffic, like other evils, 
demands our constant vigilance and unrelenting efforts to restrict 
it to the narrowest limits consistent with the public good. And let 
us also remember that the use of strong drink appeals to a de- 



praved appetite, and that its exhilarating effects causes its use to 
grow upon the individual into a fixed habit; and that its tendency 
is to moral corruption, degredation and ruin. It is really one of the 
most seductive evils of modern times-, and must be dealt with ac- 
cording to its damaging and ruinous effects upon public morals and 
as a menace to the peace and happiness of the community. L.et 
not the plea that people will get it anyway, and the ease by which 
the law may be violated, have any weight with right thinking people. 
Theft, gambling, counterfeiting, and many other evils, can be easily 
done, but no one would think of licensing them because people will 
do them anyway. Licensing evil will never suppress it, but clothes 
it with a kind of respectability because it is done under the sanction 
of law. When the Church sleeps the devil works and nothing 
pleases him better than when the Church grows indifferent and 
ceases its protests and opposition to wrong-doing, let not our op- 
position to its blight and ruin to humanity, nor our vigilance to sup- 
press it for a moment cease. 

S. F. CONRAD. 



THURSDAY'S SESSION. 

The Association met on Thursday at 9 a. m., and after spending 
15 minutes in devotion, led by J. R. Pace, Rev. L. R. Pruett was 
called to the chair as Moderator. 

The Committee on Order of Business asked to make an 
amended report for the day which was made as follows: 



Program for Thursday. 

9:00 a. m. to 9:15, Devotional Exercises. 
9:15 a. m.. Miscellaneous Business. 
10 a. m., Wingate School, 
10:30 a. m.. State Missions. 
12:30 p. m.. Biblical Recorder. 
1:00 p. m.. Dinner. 

2:15 p. m., Devotional Services, conducted by W. A. Hough. 
2:30 p. ra., Woman's Work. 
3:0 p. m., Foreign Missions. 
3:45 p. m., Old Ministers' Relief. 

4:15 p. m., Vote of Thanks for Hospitality of the Church and 
Community. 

7:45 p. m., Sermon by Rev. L. Johnson. 



Resolutions on Open Communion. 

Under Miscellaneous Business, S. F. Conrad, the Clerk, offered 
some Preambles and Resolutions on the question of Open Commun- 
ion, which, on account of the emailness of the delegation present, 
he asked to be deferred until the hour before adjournment, at noon. 
A motion was made to adopt the resolutions as offered, and by 
consent of the body was deferred to the hour of adjournment for 
vote. 

Resolutions as to Open or Free Communion. 

Whereas, It is currently reported that in some of our churches 
there are members who openly avow their faith in the doctrine ot 
open, or, so-called Free Communion, and who also engage in its 
practice with other denominations; and 

Whereas, The Baptist churches of this State have always re- 
garded the Lord's Supper as a church ordinance, and restricted 
in the terms of its observance to those who are in fellowship, and 
who have been Scripturally Baptized upon a profession of faith in 
Christ; 

And, further, that the Law of Sequence as to the order of the 
ordinances established in the Word of God, requires conversion be- 
fore Baptism, and Baptism before church membership, and church 
membership before the Supper. And, 

Whereas, The Baptist churches of the State have always con- 
tended that the preservation and the keeping of the ordinances, 
both as to form and order, has been committed to the churmhes, 
and that they are empowered to exercise jurisdiction over them, 
and to pass upon the moral and doctrinal fitness of those who shall 
receive them; 

Therefore, Resolved, We do hereby reaffirm our faith in the 
doctrine of restricted Communion, and that the practice oi^ open or 
Free Communion, as without Scriptural authority, warrant or exam- 
pie, and that those who engage in its practice are out of harmony 
with the faith of our churches, and where persisted in should be 
subject to their discipline. 

Resolved, Second, That we regard the practice of open or Free 
Communion, so called, as wrong in principle and misleading practice 
and fraught with immeasurable harm to the cause of our Lord; and 
that its appeal for support is to sentiment and not to the Word of 
God. 

Resolved, Third, That the pastors of the churches be re- 
quested to preach on this question and hold up to their people the 
teaching of the Word of God, and that they also use literature 
among their members calculated to impart unto them light and 
knowledge on this important question. 

S. F. CONRAD. 



The Moderator, W. C. Dowd, then took the chair and, on being 
notified by the Clerk that a Digest of the Church Letters had been 
prepared, on motion the same was read and adopted. 

Digest of Church Letters. 

We find 23 churches are represented by letters and delegates. 
The letters show a members-hip of 4,146, and with Kannapolis 
added, as reported last year, would give us 4,239 members as against 
4,065 last year. We report 259 Baptisms this year as against 250 
last year. Sixteen churches report a net gain of 327, while tour 
report a loss of 56, making our net gain 271 against 270 last year. 

Twenty-one churches report Sunday Schools, with an enroll- 
ment of 3,685 as against 3,990 last year. 

We report this year for State Missions $954.17, against $999.50 
last year. For Home Missions we report this year $1,445.58 as 
against $1,045.88 last year. For foreign Missions- we report this 
year $1,931.33, against $2,185.55 last year. For the Orphanage we 
report this year $877.99 against $849.99 last year. For Sunday 
School missions we report this year $16 against $27.31 last year. 
For Old Ministers' Relief we report this year $35.32, against $42.56 
last year. For Ministerial Education we report this year $47.32 a» 
against $37.86 last year. The letters report for minutes, $45.95. 

The limit of time haa not permitted a more general analysis 
of the letters 

S. F. CONRAD, 

Clerk. 

On motion of S. N. Watson it was decided to have the Associa- 
tional year run from the first day of September to the last 
of August, so that the reports would embrace the year. 

Visitors were invited to let themselves be known and the fol- 
lowing persons were introduced to the body: W, J. Nelson, pastor 
in Rock Hill, S. C, and pastor of the M. E. Church in Pineville. 

Committees Appointed. 

On Finance: J. P. Hackney, S. W. Davis and G. T. Earnhardt. 

To Nominate Delegates to Southern Baptist Convention: J. J. 
McClenden, J. W. Snyder and J. P. Stroup. 

To Nominate Delegates to State Convention: D. F. Helms, J. C. 
Gillespie and J. W. Phillips. 

Committee on Time, Place and Preacher for Next Session of the 
Association: S. N. Watson, L. R. Pruett and K. W. Hogan. 

Committee to Nominate Executive Board: H. H. Hulten. D. M. 
Austin, J. W. Snyder. 

State Missions was then taken up, and report was made by K. 



W. Hogan, and on motion discu&sed by Rev. Livingston Johnson, 
secretary of the Baptist State Convention, in one of the most 
vigorous speeches ever delivered before the Association. It was a 
most forcible appeal and was presented from the standpoint of 
doctrine and the great need of the true principles of the gospel in 
the State. Report adopted. 

Report on State Missions. 

"Fling out the banner! let it float 
Skyward and seaward, high and wide; 
The sun, that lights its shining folds. 
The Cross, on which the Saviour died." 

It should be our constant aim to fling out the Banner of Mis- 
sions. To this end every reasonable effort should be made to enable 
our people to come into possession of all po&sible missionary in- 
formation. Especially should they leam that the Bible is the 
greatest missionary book ever written, and that upon it our Mis- 
sionary enterprise is substantially built. The Old Testament is 
pre-eminently miss-ionary in that we have the most heroic examples 
of the dissemination of religious information. 

As a matter of convenience i:nd helpfulness we have missions 
divided info three classes — State, Home and Foreign. State mis- 
sions is the root of the great missionary tree — the foundation of 
aggressive church work. The tree will not spread its branches 
and bear its fruit in the foreign field unless the soil in which 
the root exists is well cultivated so that a pressing invitation in 
extended the root for growth and development. 

Rev. Livingston Johnson, Uorrespondinf Secretary of the State 
Mission Board, in Biblical Recorder, of August 9th, under the 
caption of "Our Duty and Our State," shows something of the 
almost unparalleled prosperity that has come to the South in sev; 
eral lines of industry — agriculture, manufacturing. National bank- 
ing, and education. He turns quickly from these several lines ot 
activity to give us a pointed paragraph on religious conditions. 

He says, "But how about our religious development? Has- that 
been keeping pace with our material and educational progress? The 
figures do not seem to so indicate. North Carolina is one of the 
six States in the South in which the RomaK i^atholics made a 
larger percentage of gain than Protestants. North Carolina is the 
only State in the South whose percent^ ge of increase in church 
membership did not keep pace with the growth of population. Only 
38 per cent of our population i& Christian. While there are more 
church members in the State by 114,800 than there were ten years 
ago, the proportion of church membership to the total population ia 
4.2 per cent less than it was ten years ago. While the population 



has been growing more rapidly than the church membership, it 
must be noted that the Baptists have grown nearly 4 per cent more 
rapidly than the population. The most recent religious statistics 
are from 3890 to 1906. During this time the Baptists in North 
Carolina gained 90,123, or 29 per cent, while all others gained only 
49,068, or 13 per cent, showing that our gain is more than twice 
as much as all others combined. This gain, on the part of the 
Baptists is due, in large measure, to their aggressive State Mission 
policy." 

The last words of that paragraph are worthy of our notice. I 
repeat for emphasis: "This gain, on the part of the Baptists is due, 
in large measure, to their aggressive State mission policy." The 
broader the territory, the richer the soil, the larger the yield. As 
no stream rises higher than its source, so the amount of religious 
truth disseminated in the world will depend upon the amount ot 
gospel propagation done at home. We should see to it, my brethren, 
that there is no slackening of cords, no drawing in of stakes, no loss 
of energy in the work of State Missions. 

Jesus did not want His precious words of truth to fall to the 
earth, when He said: "But tan*y ye in Jerusalem, until ye be en- 
dued with power from on high," Luke 24: 49. "And ye shall be 
witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in 
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8. It is 
significant that Jesus placed Jerusalem and Judea first in order. 
The Church i& the unit in the State and the State becomes a unit 
in world-wide evangelism. 

With all our hearts, brethren, let us recognize the vast import- 
ance of State Missions. Let us raise our full part of the ?50,0U0, 
and give larger amounts each succeeding year, until the complete 
ushering in of the kingdom. 



"Fling out the banner! Angels bend 
In anxious silence o'er the sign, 
And vainly seek to comprehend 
The wonder of the Love Divine. 



"Fling out the banner! heathen lands 
Shall see from far the glorious sight; 
And nations, crowding to be born. 
Baptise their spirits in its light. 

"Fling out the banner! ! sin-sick souls, 
That sink and perish in the strife. 
Shall touch in faith its radiant hem. 
And spring immortal into life. 



Fling out the banner! let it Hoat 
Skyward and seaward, high and wide. 
Our glory, only in the Cross, 
Our only hope, the Crucified. 

"Fling out the banner! wide and high, 
Seaward and skyward let it shine; 
Nor skill, nor might, nor merit, ours; 
We conquer only in that sign." 

K. W. HOGAN, 

For Committee. 

Wingate School. 

By courtesy of the Association, D. M. Austin was permitted to 
present to the Association the Wingate High School in Union 
County, which he did, outlining its progress and prospects, and the 
present enlarged view of its work and as being a center on which 
several Associations were combining to give it their patronage and 
co-operation in its management and control. He stated that Anson 
and Pee Dee had already taken action to join in making it the school 
of their patronage and support, and that he now asked the Meck- 
lenburg and Cabarrus to also unite upon it as their school and 
to appoint three members on its board of trustees. 

The proposition was most heartily endorsed and after remarks 
from Rev. J. L. Bennett, the President of the Board of Trustees, 
the Moderator, by motion, was instructed to appoint three brethren, 
who were afterwards appointed for this purpose, as follows: D. M. 
Austin, L. R. Pruett and T. D. Maness. 

The repotr on the Orphanage was next called for and the report 
was read by Rev. L. R. Pruett, and on motion was discussed by 
M. L. Kesler, the general manager of the Orphanage. Report was 
adopted. 

Report on the Orphanage. 

The Baptists of North Carolina should be proud of their Or- 
phanage at Thomasville. They are to be congratulated on having 
under their control one of the best equipped and well managed 
orphanages in the entire country. The location of the institution 
is ideal. It is high and healthful, beautiful and sanitary, made so 
by nature and awise management. There is no better place in all 
the State for such an institution. The equipment is not perfect, 
but it is modern and abreast of the present needs. As the institu- 
tion grows, new equipment will be added. 



The management can not be surpassed. Supt. Rev. M. L-. Kesler, 
with a wise board of trustees behind him and with the devoted and 
untiring helpers at Thomasville, is conducting an orphanage of high 
grade and of great usefulness. He was a success as a preacher and 
the Orphanage. It is a case of "the right man in the right place." 

The training the 400 children receive is as good as the best. 
When a young man or a young girl leaves the Orphanage they go 
out into the world to bless humanity with a trained life. 

The following suggestions are offered: 

1. That every church and Sunday School take monthly collec- 
tions. 

2. That every church, whenever possible, hold a Thanksgiving 
service and take an offering for this work. 

3. That each Sunday School take a club of Charity and Chil- 
dren, one the best edited papers in the State, which can be had by 
subscription for one dollar per year, and in clubs for 60 cents, per 
year. 

L. R. PRUETT. 



REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

The report waa read by D. F. Helms, and discussed by S. P 
Conrad. Report was adopted. 

This is the age of progress and the mind of man is reaching 
out for something to feed upon. 

The newspaper as a medium of information is indispensably 
necessary, and as an educator is of inestimable importance. No 
people can be an aggressive people who do not read, and no individ- 
ual church member can be an aggressive Christian without proper 
information as to the work being done. One of the great needs of 
this present age is to be able to discriminate between the cheap, 
trashy literature that is being scattered broadcast in our land, and 
that which is unwholesome. 

Our denominational papers can only be effective a& they are 
read, and one of the problems that confronts us as a denomination 
is how to enlist our people in reading our denominational papers. 

Experience has taught us that as we increase the number of 
subscriptions to these avenues of information we have been able 
to swell our contributions to the different objects that come before 
our convention. 

We claim that the papers reprsenting our dnominational life and 
work are among the best, for two reasons, viz: 

1st. Because of the abiJity of their editors from a literary 
standpoint. 



2n(l. Because of the Biblical information to be found by 
reading them. 

We therefore heartily recommend the Biblical Recorder, 
Charity and Children, Home Field, and the Foreign Mission Journal, 
each as filling important places in our denominational life and work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

D. F. HEL.MS. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association met at 2 p. m. The Committee on Time, Place 
and Preacher reported: Place, First Baptist Church, in Concord. 
Time, on Wednesday before the third Sunday in September, 1912. 
Preacher, Dr. E. E. Bomar, Charlotte; Alternate, Rev. L. R. Pruett, 
of Charlotte. Report adopted. 

The Committee to nominate Executive Board reported the old 
Board, as follows : Rev. L. R. Pruett, Dr. E. E. Bomar, T. D. Maness, 
T. J. Renfrew and W. C. Dowd. Report adopted. 

To nominate Delegate to Southern Baptist Convention, commit- 
tee reported W. A. Hough. Report adopted. 

Committee to nominate Delegates to Baptist State Convention 
reported the following brethren who were appointed: S. N. Watson, 
L. R. Pruett, J. A. Pace, T. J. Renfrow and W. F. Dowd. 



Report on Woman's Work. 

The special hour for Woman's Work having arrived the report 
was made by Mrs. J. D. Withers. On motion it was discussed by 
Dr. E. E. Bomar, S. P. Hare, of South Carolina, and W. C. Dowd. 
Report adopted. 

A delegation of women of several churches in the Mecklenburg 
and Cabarrus Association, with a desire to stimulate the missionary 
spirit and grace of giving among our women and young people, and 
to aid in collecting funds for missionary purposes to be disbursed 
by the boards of the State and Southern Baptist Convention met 
at Independence Hill one year ago and organized a Woman's Mis- 
sionary Union Auxiliary to the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Associa- 
tion. A Vice-President and an Executive Committee, consisting of 
the Presidents of the Woman's Missionary Societies of the Char- 
lotte churches, was elected. Hardly knowing all the conditions, 
surely not knowing its possibilities, only actuated by a realization 



of the great master of spiritual talent in our denomination, cau&ea 
by the failure of our churches to use in every phase of spiritual 
activity, to train our women and young people for Christian service, 
the work was entered upon with not a few misgivings, but with 
a determination to reach as many churches, to organize as many 
societies, and gain as large a co-operation as possible. The aim of the 
year's work has been to come in contact with the people, to inform 
rhem, of our plan of co-operation, and to get them to feel the need 
of such, to have the Mission literature put into the hands of the 
missionary leaders, to have them alert as to the workers in the 
Association, to notify me of such ones and to co-operate with me 
in getting in touch with the pastors and missionary leaders. To 
accomplish this meagre amount of work 53 letters and 27 postals 
have been written; leaflets, pamphlets and other literature distrib- 
uted, 82; miles traveled, 58; churches visited, 2; Associational 
meetings held, 1. There has been a steady increase of Societies re- 
porting. The first quarter only eight Societies reported. The quar- 
ter just closed 21 Societie& reported.} During the year the women of 
this Association have reported to me |1,437.51. The year's work 
iias brought blessings to me, yet, so little has been accomplished 
this year of the great amount to be done. Truly, I feel that I have 
been but a pioneer in the work, blazing a few trails that may 
become main-traveled roads. I commend the work to you. May 
God's richest blessings rest upon it and upon every phase of the 
women's work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MRS. J. D. WITHERS. 



Foreign Missions. 

There being no report on Foreign Missions, by request C. Jfi. 
Mason was asked to address the body, and made an address full of 
the most valuable information on this great question. Dr. H. H. 
Hulten has since prepared the report which is as follows: 



FOREIGN MISSION REPORT. 

The Foreign Mission Board submits the following for our con- 
&ideration. 

The Foreign Mission situation at the present hour, affords 
cause for serious consideration, and yet for profound thankfulness. 
While much has been accomplished, much more remains to be ac- 
complished. 



There Is a Misunderstanding. 

Many people think that the field has been covered; that the 
missionaries are waiting on the borders of Tibet for permission to 
enter, and that when they shall have so entered, then the final piece 
of world evangelization will have been finished, and the speedy con- 
sumation of all things will follow. 

I have no views to offer as to when the end of the world is go- 
ing to take place, but I should like to make a suggestion about that 
Tibetan heresy. What are the facts? There are numerous coun- 
tries, some of them of enormous territory, that have not yet been 
occupied by the mes&engers of the cross. Tibet is by no means the 
one unentered spot. 

(1). In Asia. — The following countries are unoccupied: Man- 
churia, Mongolia, Chinese Turkestan, J^^rench Indo-China, Tibet, 
Afghanistan, parts of Russian Turkestan, Arabia (except a few 
towns on the coast), and the country east of the River Jordan. 
These places mentioned represent a population of forty-eight mil- 
lions ! 

(2). In Africa. — Territory in North Africa and in Central Africa 
representing seventy millions! That is to say, there is living in 
unoccupied territory a population, speaking in round numbers, of 
one hundred and twenty millions! Does that look as if our work 
was finished? 

Besides this, there are many countries that are included in the 
term "occupied territory" that can be said to be occupied by cour- 
tesy only. There are a few missionaries on the field perhaps, but 
not enough to, in any sense of the word, adequately man the field. 
At a conservative estimate, therefore, it is safe to say, that there 
are people, to the extnt of 650,000,000, who have never seen a 
church, a Bible, or a missionary, and who have never heard that 
Jesus has come. 

We Think We Have Done Enough. 

We think that Foreign Missions is progressing very favorably. 
We say: "Did we not give $12,000,000 for Foreign Missions last 
year?" |(The United States and Canada gave that amount). "That 
is doing admirably! Moreover, while the average Protestant 
preacher in this country added two members to his church-roll, the 
American Missionary Board added forty-one. The increase in 
church membership at home was 1 1-2 per cent.; on the foreign 
field it was 12 per cent. There are two million native Christians 
and as many more adherents. While in 1909 we increased in our 
Foreign Mission gifts half a million dollars, the native Christians 
increased their gifts one and a half million dollars. They gave for 
their work last year half as much as we gave for Foreign Missions." 



And so the impression goes forth that we are doing great things for 
the lost heathen world. That this idea is a fallacy may be proven 
by a table of comparison. 

We spend on — 

Foreign Missions $12,000,000 

We spend on — 

Chewing gum $20,000,000 

Millinery 80,000,000 

Soft drinks 107,000,000 

Tobacco 900,000,000 

Liquor 1,700,000,000 

Are we doing too much, or even a fair part, for Foreign Mis- 
sions ? 

It Is a Critical Moment! 

The nations are feeling their way towards independence. Na- 
tionalism" is in the air. Me nare saying: "India for Indians," 
"China for the Chinese," "Egypt for the Egyptians.' If we can 
leaven the political conceptions of these people with the Christian 
spirit we can save the day; if not, the result will be disastrous. 

Once more! The heathen religious are becoming missionary 
and aggressive. This is particularly true of Mohammedanism and 
Buddhism. Mohammedanism is progressing more rapidly in Africa 
than Christianity is. 

Notwithstanding the state of affairs, we are in, the throes of a 
$90,000 debt. What is the significance of the fact? Does it 
mean that our Foreign Mission Board is doing too much? That it is 
too aggressive? By no means! Does' it mean retrenchment? No. 
That debt is simply God speaking to Southern Baptists, and say- 
ing: "My people, you are not doing enough for the salvation of the 
world." Clearly this is so, especially in the light of the statement 
that our host of two million Baptists did not quite average 22 cents 
apiece for the Foreign Mission enterprise. 

We have only 273 missionaries in the field, with 531 native help- 
ers, making a working force of 804. But what are these among us 
so many? Surely the situation is a call to more effective praying^ 
toenlarged forces, and to increased giving. 

On motion of Dr. E. E. Bomar the Executive Committee was 
instructed to apportion $2,400 for Foreign Missions among the 
churches, as asked by the Foreign Mission Board. The motion 
was adopted. 



By motion the Clerk was directed to use $15 for his &ervice& 
and the balance of the minute funds for minutes. 



Report of Finance Committee. 

Collected for State Missions f 65.03 

Collected for Home Missions 16.70 

Collected for Foreign Missions 20.00 

Collected for The Orphaneg 27.00 

Collected for Minsterial Education 4.00 

Collected for Old Ministers' Relief 5.00 

Collected for Minutes and Clerk 28.00 

?170.40 

Collected for Sunday School Missions 4.00 

JJ. P. HACKNEY, 
G. T. BAKNHARDT, 
S, W. DAVIS, 

Committee 



A motion was made by L. R. Pruett that the Association extend 
its thanks to Stough Memorial Church and the people of Pinevilie 
for their generous hospitality and splendid entertainment of the 
Association. Motion unanimously adopted. 

Rev. S. P. Conrad moved that Rock Hill and Cold Water 
Churches be stricken from the list of churches. A substitution 
was offered by D. M. Austin, which was adopted, that a committee 
be appointed to visit these churches, and, if possible, reinstate 
them, and that they report back to the next session of the Associa- 
tion. Moderator appointed S. N. Watson, J. W. Snyder and D. F. 
Helms. 

Committee on Order of Business announced that Rev. U John- 
son would preach at 8 p. m. 

On motion the Association then adjourned by singing "Blest 
Be the Tie That Binds," and closed the session with one of the 
most cordial hand-shakings, amid many tears, the Association ever 
experienced. 

By common consent the session was regarded one of the best, 
ever held. 

Benediction by M. L. Kesler. 



A LETTER TO THE CHURCHES. 

Dear Brother: — 

By reference to the amounts apportioned to the churches we 
have made only a few changes. We urge that the pastors begin 
early to raise their mission money, and that a committee be ap- 
pointed to make a direct, personal canvass and that special effort 
be made to get every member to contribute to missions. So mem- 
bers giving 5 cents per week would amount to $130.00; 100 mem- 
bers would amount to $260.00, Many members can do more. Let us 
endeavor to make this year the greatest year in our history. Do 
not send any money except Minute Money up to the Association. 
Send all money for State, Home and Foreign Missions to Walter 
Durham, Treasurer, at Raleigh. Send the money for the Orphanage 
to S. H. Averett, Treasurer, at Thomasville. Let every church try 
to make a material advance along the whole line. During the year 
hold Special Mission Rally Days with special addresses on the dif- 
ferent objects. 

L. R. PRUETT, 
E. E. BOMAR, 
W. C. DO WD, 
T. D. MANNESS, 
T. J. RENFROW, 
Executive Committee. 



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Kannapolis 

Louise 

Long Creek 

Matthews 

Newells . . , 

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North Charlotte 

Oak Grove 

Pineville 

Plasant Plain . , 

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IJharlotte, First Shurch .... 

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Charlotte, Ninth Ave 

Charlotte, Louise 

harlotte, North . . . . . . . . 

Concord, First Church ..... 

oncord, McGill Street. 

oncord, West 

Friendship 

Huntersville 

Independence Hill 

Kannapolis 

Long Creek 

Matthews 

Newell 

Oak Grove 

Plaesant Plain 

Stough Memorial 

Rock Hill 

Union Grove 

Wilson's Grove 



200.00 
100.00 



9.35 



49.29 
11.00 



21.05 



6.80 
10.00 



5.00 
4.00 



9.61 
5.00 



29.87 
5.00 



275.00 

300.00 

3,980.00 

1,650.00 

1,500.00 

800.00 

161.64 

900.00 

809.25 

335.28 

100.00 

40.00 

135.00 

100.00 
200.00 
50.00 
300.00 
200.00 
150.00 



237.58 
360.48 

2,054.93 

337.92 

505.40 

22.60 

1,018.71 
177.70 

348.83 



20.35 

50.36 

,786.47 

656.27 

359.67 

72.04 

36.98 

228.90 

62.20 

78.46 



21.91 

45.64. 
979.32 
155.78 
150.00 
111.97 

50.00 
253.00 

76.56 
133.48 

11.60 



70.27 



75.00 

26.00 

8.25 

28.30 

25M 

25.00 



633.30 



3.75 

3.75 

60 



1.32 

20.50 
28.00 



529.67 



18.65 
60.16 



9.51 

12.00 
12.00 

1.00 
23.00 

8.00 
47.38 



18.80 



30.05 
17.07 
365.30 
115.00 
103.51 
39.75 
20.50 
60.60 
25.00 
20.00 
23.00 

3.00 
14.00 
10.00 
10.00 
20.00 

3.00 
21.02 

17.00 
20.00 



7.O0I 

11.50 

1,011.35 

169.82 

58.35 

22.39 

5.25 

45.00 

12.34 

14.45 

12.25^ 

1.47 ' 

6.501 

5.00 j 

5.00 { 

10.00 1 



14.901 

6.00 

10.00 



60.00 
125.00 



78.00 



19.00 



3.05 13.00 



5.37 
10.00 



2.50 
5.00 



12.00 

17.00 

1,328.80 

204.41 

29.00 

31.74 

60.25 

59.05 

18.06 

17.10 

38.00 



10.95 

10.00 

5.00 

10.00 



13.20 
5.00 
10.00 



2.50 
5.00 



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10.00 ... 

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2.00 27.73 ... 

, 355.16 .. 

88.61 .. 

52.44 .. 

49.95 .. 

1.00 5.69 ... 

3.00 111.10 .. 

42.45 .. 

22.58 .. 

14.95 .. 

7.50 ... 

1.00 10.00 . . 

1.00 5.00 .. 

2.00 10.00 . . 
15.00 .. 

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'Dwent^'-SeveRtl) '2Viinuat Session 
of the 

yttackhnhxiTQ anb (Tabarnis 
Association 

"Elrst !*afUst Cl)urcl). Concord, t^crtl) (Tarollaa 
September lUl). and l2ll). 1912, 



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The next session will be held with the Matthews Church, 
Tuesday night before the 3rd Sunday in Septeniber, 1913. Rev. U 
W. A. Smith to preach the introductory sermon. Rev. E. C 
Andrews alternate. 



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ueWBLRY OF: OUA^L ITY 



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of tb<i 

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The next session will be held with the Matthews Church, 
Tuesday night before the 3rd Sunday in September, 1913. Rev. 
W. A. Smith to preach the introductory sermon. Rev. E. C. 
Andrew^s alternate. 



LIST OF (^EDAINED MINISTEES IN THE ASSOCIATION 



Austin, Eev. D. M. 
Andrews, Eev. E. C. 
Conrad, Eev. S. F. 
Combs, Eev. A. S. 
Davis, Eev. W. H. , 
Davenport, Eev. J, E. M. 
Flanders, Eev. AY. N. 
Gillespie, Eev. J. C. 
Gower, Eev. C. E. 
Hulten, Eev. H. H. 
Hagler, Eev. B. :M. 
Helms, Eev. D. F. 
Hough, Eev. W. A. 
Pruett, Eev. L. E, 
Pace, Eev. J. E. 
Eoggers, Eev. J. L. 
Snyder, Eev. J. AV. 
Watson, Eev. S. N. 



Charlotte, N. C. 

Kaniiappolis, N. C. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

(Chadwick) Charlotte, N. C. 

Pineville, N. C. 

Pineville, N. C. 

- Henderson ville, N. C. 

Charlotte,. N. C. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Charlotte, N. C. 

"Mint Hill, N. C. 

- (Belmont) Charlotte, N. C. 

Cornelius, N. C. 

(Charlotte, N. C. 

Chadwick, Charlotte, N. C. 

Concord, N, C. 

Concord, N. C. 

Concord, N. C. 



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 



Eev. L. E. Pruett, W. C. Dowd,' T. J. Eenfrow, T. D, Manness 



and Eev. "VV. A. Smith. 



Clerk of Association 

Eev. S, F. Coiii'ad, Charlotte 
Treasurer, J. "J. Ezell. 



BY-LAWS 

1 The daily sossion of the Assaciation shall be opeijcd and closed 

with prayer. 

2 DslcgatPiS shall be recognized by letters from their churches, desig- 
nating them as such. 

8 The Moderator shall recognize correspondirig messengers or the 

delegates of newly-received lliuiches by extending to them the I'ight 
hand of fellowship. 

4 The C'lerk shall provide blank letters for the use of the Churches 

of the Association previous to the meeting of the Association, superin- 
tend the publication and distributioji of the minutes, preserve a file of 
them and have it present at each annual session, read the proceedings 
of the precceding session at the beginning of each morning session, ar^d 
the last day's proceedi]igs at the close of the annual session. 

5 Members desiring to speak shall first rise and address the Moder- 
ator; Shall use the term ^'Brother," in speaking to each other; shall not 
speak on the same subject more thaii twice without permission, an.d 
shall ol)serve the couitesy that becomes Christians. 

6 — Members shall not absent themselves from the session without 
permission of the Associatian. 

7 — A copy of the Minutes shall be sent to the Secretary or the State 
Mission Board, also a copy to the Secretary of tJie Southern Baptist 
Con.vention, and one to the American Baptist Publication Societ}', 1420 
Chestnut street, Philadelphia, and one to the Field Secretary for Snn- 
day Sciiools in North Carolina. 

8 — All qucstior.s of order not herein i)rovided shall be decided by 
"Par] i amentaay Law.'' 

9 — The report of the Executive Board and the missionary Y»^ork of 
the Association with short reports from the missionaries shall take pre- 
cedence of all other business during the morning session of the second 
day of the annual session. 



OKDEE OF BUSIES; ESS 

The ger.eral order of business shall be: 

( i ) En rollmen t of delegates . 

(2) Election of ofiicc^rs. 

(3) Petitionary lettei s. 

(4) Appoiiitmerit of committees for this season, 

(5) Appointmont of stariding committees. 

(6) Report of special committees. 

(7) Eeports of standing committees. 

(8) Report of other committees. 

(9) Misoeilaneous business. 



PROGRAM FOR NEXT ASSOCIATION. 

To Prepare Reports 

State Missions - r, ^ 

" - Rev. S, N. Watson. 

Home Missions - „ 

^ . " - Rev. W. A. Smith. 

Foreign Missions - . u i. ^, . 

^ ■ - Rev. E. C. Andrewr. 

Orphanage - . t> , ^ 

• ^ . " - Rev. J. C. Gillespie. 

Periodicals - . t^ , 

" " ■^*'''- J- L- Rogers. 
Sunday Schools - . d t „, 

■ - Rev.J. W, Whittej-. 

Education - . „ 

- - - Rev. D. M, Austin 
Temperance - . t. „ 

- - Rev. W. H. Davis. 

SOME IMPORTANT NOTES TO REMEMBER 

Do not send any but your Minute money to the Association 
Send all other money for Home State and Foreign Missions, 

and Education Sunday School Missions and Old Ministers Relief 

direct to Walter Durham Treasurer at Raleigh. 

Include your net gain in membership in the totals of member 
ship.-So your Grand total will include all of your members 

Give value of your church property in the beak of your letter 
in place marked for it, and the amount sent up for Minutes 

Take time in making out your letters so «s to be accurate in 
your statements. 



3 

REPORT OF ASSOCIATION 

The 27th annual session of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association was held with the First Baptist church of Concord 
beginning at 11 o'clock A. M. Sept. 11th. 1912. 

The following churches composing the Association were repre- 
sented by delegates, whose names are here rt^corded. 

Arlington — No letter ' 

Clear Creek — No letter 

Cornelius— C. A. Hudspeth, T. B. White, R. D. Mooney. 

Chad wick — Will Stephenson. 

Charlotte, First Church— \V. C. Dowd, J. P. Hackney. Rev. C. 
E. Govver 

Charlotte, Pritchord Memorial— W. F. Bcwd, J. j. Ezell, Rev. 
D. M. Austin, 

Charlotte, Ninth Avenue— Rev. L. R. Pruett, W.J. Fite, D. W. 
Fink, R.J. Boyd, Fred S. Conrad. 

Charlotte, Louise— Rev. C. F. Ilclme, Rev. J. C. Gillespie, J. W. 
Hasty, A. B. Hays. 

Charlotte, North—Rev. S. F. Conrad, Miss Virginia Austin, 
Miss Otlie Cato. 

Concord, First Church — A. W. Morgan, T. L. Lentz,B. McLester 
T. D. Manness 

Concord, McGill Street— A. L. Howell, F. P. Smith, D. R. Hen- 
derson. 

Concord, West — T. V. Taibirt. 

Friendship — L. W. Walker. 

Huntersville — No delegate. 

Independence Hill— J. R. McCurdy, Wm. Holton, J. A. Atkins, 
I. B. Flowers, M. C. Groves. 

Kannapolis — E. F. Carter, H. W. Owens, Rev. E. C. Andrews, 
J. VV.Fisher, J. W. White. 

Long Creek — W. W. Austin, J. S. Underwood. 

Matthews — T. J, Renfrow. 

Newell— No delegates. 

Oak Grove— J. P. Stroupe, W. A. Edwards Jr., H. ^L Black wel- 
der, W. A. McKinney. 

Pleasant Plain— Rev. J. J. McLendon. 

Stough Memorial — E. J. Pi ice. 

Union Grove — Hampton Hastings, Clayton Hager. 

Wilson Grove— W. G. Slegall, W. R. Small, J. A. Kestler. ! 



The Association was called to order by the Moderator W. C. 
Dowd and prayer was made by Rev. D. M. Austin of Charlotte. 

On motion of Rev. J. R. Pace it was decided to defer the intro 
ductory sermon to the session at night. The association then pro- 
ceeded to the election of Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer. W. C. 
Dowd, who has served the association for ten yeais declired re- 
election, stating that he had held the place as long as he thought 
he should hold it. After several attempts to elect seme one else 
and all declining to accept, upon the motion of Rev. S.N.Watson 
W. C. Dowd w^as elected, but with a protest announcing that he 
would accept the place only for tliis year. 

On motion Re\^ S. F. Conrad was re-elected Clerk. 

On motion J. J. Ezell was re-elected Treasurer, 

The Moderator appointed Rev. S. N. Watson, W. F. Dowd and. 
Rev. J. R Pace to prepare a report of order of business. 

Pending the preperation of their report, the Mcderator recog- 
nized Rev. J. jM. Greer, pastor of the Presbyterian church in the 
congregation and welcomed him to Ihe sessions of the Associa- 
tion. Rev. W. A. Smith, the newly elected pastor of Pritchard 
Memorial church was welcomed as one of the new pastors to the 
association. Rev. E. C. Andrews of Kannapolis, Rev. J. L.Rogers 
McGill Street, Concord and Rev. W. H. Davis, Pineviile, who are 
also new pastors in the body were welcomed to the assodiation. 

Rev. W. C. Tyree of High Point and representative of the For- 
eign Mission board was recognized and welcomed to the body. 

Rev. J. D. Jameson of Mississippi, representing the Moody Lib- 
rary as traveling salesman, was recognized and welcomed to the 
body. Rev. J.J. Beach of Gastonia, was welcomed as a visitor to 
the association. Rev. W. R. Beach, representing the Bib/ical Re- 
corder was recognized and welcomed to the sessions of the asso- 
ciation. 

A PARTIAL REPORT ON ORDER OF BUSINESS 

The committee on order of business submitted the fcllcwirg 
partial report. 

1 Association to meet at 2:30 P. M. 

2 Devotional exercises to be led by Rev. J. C. Gillespie. 

3 2:45 Report on Periodicals. 

4 3:45 Report on Temperance. 

5 7:30 Introductory sermon by Rev. L. R. Pruett. 

6 8:15 Report on Foreign Missions, 

AssDclation adjourned w^ith benediction by Rev. C. E. Gower. 



(o 
AFTERNOON SESSION 

Association met at 2:30 P. M. Devotional exercises were led 
by Rev. J. C. Gillespie. 

The report on Periodicals was then read and discussed by Rev. 
J. R. Pace, Rev. W. Pv. Beach and S. F. Conrad, and on motion 
was adopted. 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS 

This is a reading age. People are reading more than ever be- 
fore. More cheap books are being sold. Cheap papers are being- 
broadcasted over the country as never before. This is an age of 
great activity. People rush from one thing to another. They 
snatch up the daily paper and read what tim.e they have to spare, 
or spend their time reading some cheap book ar magazine, bnt 
many of our Baptist people never lead our denominational period- 
icals. The Biblical Recorder, Charity and Children, The Foreign 
Mission Journal and The Home Field should be read regularly by 
every Baptist. The}^ contain information that no Baptist can af- 
ford to be without. Information about the w^ork of our denomi- 
nation makes stronger and more useful baptists. There is no way 
of estimating the loss to our cause by the failure of our people to 
read our denominational papers. Is there not some way to get 
more of our people to read our papers named above? 

J. R. Pace 

In connection with the report Rev, S. F. Conrad offered the fol. 
lowing resolution, which w^as adopted. Whereas the.e is an alarm 
ing lack of information by many of us to our work, many of 
our youn^ members being almost wholly ignorant as to w^hat we 
are doing, and greatly need the information given in our papers 
and whereas, conditions demand that some agressive steps should 
be taken to awaken a deeper interest in reading our Baptist papers 
Therefore, Resolved, that we recomend that our pastors have spe- 
cial Rally Day services and practical addresses made on the im- 
portance ol our literature in connection with our work, and that 
special effort be made in all our churches to extend the circula- 
tion of the Biblical Recorder. 



The report on Temperance was read and discussed by Rev. S. 
F. Conrad after which the report was adopted. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE 

In our report a year ago we noted that commendable progress 
had been made in law enforcement, and in the punishment of evil 
doers, and in the suppression of the liquor traffic. We are glad to 
note that there has been no going backward in temperance refoim 
and the drink evil. In Mecklenburg county especially most ad- 
vanced steps have been taken, and in the suppression of the clubs 
and the elimination of liquor from the dru,<? stores has been most 
beneficial in effect. Sentiment is growing throughout the coun- 
try and the good effects of prohibition in the state is being felt in 
every department of business. Patronage in the public schools 
has greatly increased, public morals have been improved and the 
appearance of a man intoxicated attracts more attention than ever 
before, because of its less frequent appearance. The Year Book 
of the U. S. Brewers association for 1911 contains some most sig- 
nificant facts and figures as illustrative of the good effects of pro- 
hibitihn. It states that in the Prohibition states, some of which pro- 
hibition is only partial, that the consumtion of intoxicating liquors 
per capita is 1.35 gallons, while in licensed states, grouping them 
all together, the consumption is 35.23 per capita. In some of these 
license states as in New York, it runs up to 45.35 per capita and in 
Wisconsin as high as 64 gallons. So the ratio of consumption 
stands 35.23 to 135 where prohibition prevails. So when you hear 
it said that more liquor is sold now than ever before in this state, 
you pronounce it a lie with a big "L", the liquor dealers themselves 
being witnesses. Let eternal vigilance be our watchword and 
every pastor and church member keep before the people, the ruin. 
ous effects of strong drink, and keep up the fight against it. 

S.F.Conrad 

Rev. S. N. Watson for the committee on order of business offer, 
ed a further report which after much discussion was referred back 
to the committee to report to the session tonight. Association 
then adjourned until 7:45, 



IV 



NIGHT SESSION 
■Ihe association met according to appointment at 7:45 P .M. and 
the introductory sermon ^vas preaclied by Kev. L. R. P/uett oi 
Charlotte, from Hosea 8:2. I have writ :en unto them the great 
things of my law, in which a paraL:!! vvas drawn m the smof Eph- 
raim and the present times in the sj>iritof intense worldimess, pleas 

ure seeking, and forgetfulness of God. 
After the sermon the Moderator called thd association to order 

and the report on Foreign Mission^, was read by Rev. D. M. Auvtm 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS 

We are informed now as never bafore as to the conditions tn 
our Foreign Mission wor .<. We have clear pun^sent facts acquam 
ting us with the needs of all the people. We have an open Brble 
that we may carry everywhere under the assurance of lawful pro- 
tection. Do we read aright the spirit of Christ as revealea to us 
in the Bible. It is in evidence that the early disciples of our Lord 
felt impelled to go every where preacliing the gospel. The com- 
mand to them doubtless looked clear cM plain- They did marvel- 
ous things, although they were few in number and fmancialy poor 
We have large numbers, great wealth, andample information; and 
it looks as if we are doing comparatively little. Of our 21,296 
churches 11,178 contributed last year to Foreign Missions, 10,118 
did not contribute. This state of things hardly indicates that we 
are suited to wear the livery of Missionary Baptists. 

I submit that in my judgment that our greatest weakness is the 
want of the spirit of missions. 

The report was discussed by Rev. D. M. Austin, Rev. J. D. Jam- 
eson and Dr. W. C. Tyree the vice President of the Foreign Mis- 
sion Board. This was an intensely interesting discussion, and it 
was unfortunate that a subject of such momentous importance 
could not have had a clear field as to time and hour. 
Report was adopted. 



REPORT ON ORDEE OF BUSINESS 

The committee on order of business ccmpleted its .lepcrt end 
made following order for tomorrow. 

Meet at 9:00 A. M. 

Devotional exercises to be led by Rev. W. H. Davis. 

10,00 A. M. Ministerial Relief. 

10:30 A. M. Digest of Church Letters. 

11;00 A. M. State Missions. 

11;45 Secondary Schools. 

12:30 Adjournment. 

Meet at 2-30 P. M- 

2:45 Report on the Orphanage. 

3:30 Home Missions. 

4:15 Miscellaneous. 

7:30 Devotional exercises led by Rev. D. F. Helms. 

7,45 Education — Address by President W. L. Poteat of Wake 
Forest College. 

In the absence of the Moderator, Rev. L. R. Pruett took the 
chair and welcomed to seats in the body, Rev. L. Johnson, Secre- 
tary of the Board of Missions and President W. L. Poteat of Wake 
Forest College. Association then adjourned with prayer by Rev 
L. Johnson. 

THURSDAY SESSION 

The association met at 9 A. M. and was led in devotional exer- 
cises by Rev. W. H. Davis. In the absense of the Moderator, Rev. 
L. R. Pruett was called to the chair. The clerk read the minutes 
of the association for the afternoon and night of yesterday, which 
was approved. 

The following committees were then announced. 

To nominate delegates to Southern Baptist Convention — Rev. 
W. H. Davis, R. J. Connell and W. R. Small. 

To nominate delegates to State Convention — J. J. McLendon, 
A. B. Hays and J. S. Underwood. 

Time and Place of next meeting, and Preacher — Rev. D. F. 
Helms, Rev. J. W. Snyder and Dr. H. C. Herring. 

Finance Committee— J. J. Ezell, D. W. Fink and J- W. Hasty. 

To prepare reports for next session. 
State Missions— Rev. S. N. Watson. 
Home Missons— Rev. W. A. Smith. 
Foreign Missions— Rev. E. C. Andrews. 



Orplianag^e — Rev. J. C. Gillespie. 
Sunday Schools— Rev. W. A. Hough. 
Education — Rev. D. M. Austin. 
Temperance — Rev. W. H. Davis. 
Old Ministers Relief— Rev. J. W. Snyder. 
Secondary Schools — Rev. J. W. Whitley. 
Womans Work— Mrs. J. D. Withers, 

No report being ready on Sunday Schools, the report on Minis- 
terial Relief was read b3^ Rev. J. W. Snyder. 

REPORT ON MINISTERIAL RELIEF 

The Baptist Ministers Relief Board was instituted 22 years a^o. 
The object of this Board is to afford relief to needy Baptist minis- 
ters of North Carolina and their Avidcws. There are at present 
thirty-five beneficiaries. But there aie several applications before 
the board, showing that ;he gradual increase of the number of ben 
eficiaries will continue. These b<meficiari€S receive from forty to 
two hundred dollars a year. Many oi them need more. Somie of 
them have no means of support except the amount they receive 
from the Board. It should be the desire and effort of every Bap- 
tist of the State that not one of those who have been worthy pro- 
claimers of Gods truth should suffer for the actual necessities of 
life. All m.ony for this Board should be sent to the Treasurer of 
the Convention. Application for aid must receive the endorse- 
ment of the Moderator and Executive Committee of the Associa- 
tion in which the applicant resides, and also of the pastor of the 
one applying for aid. To entitle a minister or his widow to help 
from the Board, he must be a Baptist minister of North Carolina, 
or if not a native, he must have served as pastor or evangelist for 
five years prior to his application. The applicant is required to 
inform the Board of his physical or mental disability for active 
service; of what private means of support he or his wife has, and 
as to what amount will supply his actual necessities. In rrcst 
cases the Board is entirely dependent upon the Pastor, the Moder- 
ator and the Executive Committee for infcimaticn coEceming 
applicatians. The brethren should always investigate before giv- 
ing their endorsement. In many cases those who are most wor- 
thy and most needy do not apply. The Pastors and officers of the 
Association where these old brethren live, should look after them 
and inform the Board of their condition. The work of the Board 
has been most highly appreciated by those who have received its 
benefits. We further recommend that every church in our Asso- 
ciation take a collection for this cause on the nearest Sunday to 
Christmas, so that the blessing of a generous gift may bring glad- 
ness and joy to our aged ones. 

The report was discussed by Rev, J, M. Arnette the Secretary 
oi the Board Bnd Rev. J, R- Pace, and adopted. 



DIGEST OF CHURCH LETTERS 

The report was read and discussed by Rev. S. F. Conrad, Rev. 
C. E, Cower, D. M. Austin and Dr. W, L. Poteat- 

REPORT 

In reporting" on the work of ihe year, we can only approximate 
the aggregate of contributions as four of the churches failed to send 
in their letters, viz; Arlington, Clear Creek, First Cnurch, Charlotte 
and Newell. 

From the figures reported in the letters in hand we have made 
a material advance over the work of last year making a decided 
l^^ain in baptisms and membership. The letters report 296 against 
259 last year. Our net gain last year was 263, this year it is 300, 
with the above churches to he>?r from. 

Note; The letter of the First Church was sent to the association 
but by oversight was not handed in, so the corrected figures are 
made here as to our linances. We gave last year for State Mis- 
sions $964.17, this year we gave $1093.33. We gave last year for 
Home iMissions S1449.10, this year $1293.10. We gave last year for 
Foreign Missions, $2209.33. this year $2350 51. Last year we gave 
for the Orphanage $891.27, this year $829.69. With three missing 
churches to hear from which will increase these figures somewhat 

To the smaller objects many of our churches fail to contrbute. 
To Education twelve gave nothing, and seven gave nothing for 
the Old Ministers. Eleven gave nothing for Sunday School Mis- 
sions. Among these we find some cf our strongest church<^s. 

It should be to us a matter of pride that Kannappolis, our young- 
est mission leads the procession in increase in membership, report 
ing a net gain of 122, with 98 baptisms, the largest number report- 
ed from any church. 

S. F. Conrad 

Report adopted. 

'1 he report on State Missions was read by S. F, Conrad for Rev. 
L. R, Pruett and discussed by Rev. L. R. Pruett and Rev. L. John- 
son Secretary of the State Mission Board. 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS 

As we discern the sign of the times, the more we are impressed 
with the importance of preaching the gospel to all the people. 
There are the signs of the vastly increased intelligence, of the in- 
tense pursuit of pleasure, of the pressure of business and of the 
demand for a moral, rather than a spiritual preaching. A spiritual 
gospel is the supreme need of the age. 

The reasons for preaching the gospel in North Carolina and in 
all the States; are very evident. The Word of God is a call to us 
to preach the gospel at home. Our Lord said: *'That repentance 
-^nd remission of sins should be preached in his name among all 



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the nations, beghiiiing- at jerusalein.', The o-reat apostle, though 
he heard the "Macedonian cry," said: 1 say the truth in Christ, I 
he not. my conscience also bearing; me witness in the Holy Ghost, 
that I have great heaviness and cor. tinual sorrow in my heart. 
For I could wish that ni^/seif were accursed frcm Christ for my 
brethren, my kinsmen according t3 the flesh," 

The apparent decline in conviction ii things Christian, is a call 
for continued effort in preaching- t::e , re spel of Christ. The fact 
that North Carolina and all of AtTisrici should be made and kept 
Christian, is a tremendous reason for preaching- the gospel in every 
section of the State and countr}^ It m.eans not only the strength 
of the king'dom at home but a more liberal support and enlarg-e- 
ment of our Foreign jMisoicn worl-:. 

As far as we can see now, there will never come a time wdien 
there will be no need for the State Mission Boord. With an in- 
creased material, social, commercial, and intellectual prosperity 
abroad in the land, the work of State Missions v/ill go on, in one 
vvay or another, to the end. 

As far as the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association is concern 
ed, the work of the board will continue for many years to come. 
A great deal lias been done but there is much unoccupied territory 
within our bounds. Eighteen years ago there were onl}' three res 
ident pastors in the whole association, now there are fourteen. 
During the la^ t eighteen years, nineteen new churches have been 
organized, making a little more than one church each year. Many 
of these churches, perhaps none would have come into existence 
but for the aid of the board. There is one thing to which the spe- 
cial attention of our churches needs to be directed, that is, the im- 
portance of making larger contributions to State Missions. Last 
year the association gave $1,936.40 to Foreign Missions, $1,449.10 
to Hom-e Missions and only $64.17 to State Missions. We are all 
sure that we are not doing too much for Foreign anc Home Mis- 
sions, but are we doin^ our dut}' b}^ vState Missions? Let us not 
give less to our Boards at PJchmond and Atlanta but let us stand 
by our Board at Raleigh, v^^ith an increased liberality. 

L. R. Pruett 

Following the report Rev. S. F. Conrad moved that the thonks 
of the association be extended to Brother Johnson for the strong 
address made, and with a request that rdie facts and figures so stri- 
king and relevant be given for a place in the minutes of the asso- 
ciation. Motion adopted. 



EXTRACTS FROM SPEECH OF REV. L. JOHNSON 

State Missionshas put North Carolina in the front rank, numeri- 
cally. 48 per cent of the christian population is B^pti&t. There 
are 230,007 white Baptists m the state. 

1902 1912 

Number of Baptists 173,668 ' 230,007 

Contributed to Missions 23,611.54 128,285.48 

Increase in membership in ten years 35 per cent 

Increase in c3:itrlbutioas in ten years 140 per cent 

Comparison between Northern and Southern Baptists, 
Territory covered by Northern Convention twice as large as that 
covered by Southern, and much richer, yet Southern Baptists are 
extending twice as much in State Mission work as Northern Bap- 
tists 

In the South one out ot every five is a Baptist. 

In the North one out of every fifty five is a Baptist. 

From 1902 to 1912 Northern Baptists gained 14 per cent. 

From 1902 to 1912 Southern Baptists gained 33 per cent. 

REPORT ON SECONDARY SCHOOLS 

No report being ready and upon request of G. E. Lineberry that 
a report of the Wingate School be incorporated in the minutes to 
be supplied by the Trustees of the school was accepted. 

THE REPORT OF THE WINGATE SCHOOL 

The Board of Trustees of The AVinga/e School appreciates the 
privilege of submitting this report. For sixteen years we have 
been maintaining an institution with a grade desirable in every 
way. Every year seems to be the best year of the school. With- 
out ample equipment and with little expense the school has done 
telling work. 

Last year the enrollment reached 306. including 91 boarding 
students and six ministerial students. Four states and sixteen 
counties were represented. In March a meeting was held with 
the church here which resulted in thirty-six baptisms all of whom 
were students in school except one. This fall fourteen students 
left for college, and were received by the leading colleges of the 
South without examination. This session has opened better than 
any previous one. The present enrollment is 250, including 73 
boarding students. The school is doing a fine work for this sec- 
tion of the Ftate. 

Its growth demanded a modern brick buildmg. The Trustees 
and friends of the school erected a new building, comprising six 
recitation rooms, two society halls, an auditorium, an office and a 



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librao . The building- was completed Nov, 11, 1911 at a cost of 
$12,776 73. New equipment was $537.61. The present value of 
building- and equipment is $16,000. The school lot of 20 acres is 
valued at $4,000. Total value of property is $20,000. The indebt- 
ness is $10,100. Notes in hand amount to $4,032, Subscriptions 
unsecured amount to $1,(00. The part of the debt unprovided for 
in any way is $5,068. This debt must be removed. Once more 
our appeal is to the loyalty and the liberality of the churches of 
association and to the friends of the school. 

J. L. Bennett, 

Chm. Board of Trustees, 
J. W. Bivens, 

Secretary. 

The subject of seccondary schools w^as most ably discussed by 
Rev. D. M. Austin, J. J. McLenden, G. D. Manness and G. E. 
Linebeny Secretary of denominational schools. Pending the dis- 
cussion Prof, V/alter Thompson oi the Jackson Training School 
near Concord was recognized and welcomed to the association. 
By request of Rev, D. M. Austin Rev, J. R. Pace led in a most 
earnest prayer for our young people. 

By permission of the Moderator Rev, E. C, Andrews made some 
further remarks on the question of schools. Association adjourn- 
ed wdth prayer by Rev. ]. F. Davis, 

EVENING SESSION 

The report on the orphanage was read by Rev. W. A. Hough 
and discussed by Rev. M. L, Kesler the General Manager of the 
Orphanage and Rev. J. L. Rog:ers after which it was adopted. 

ORPHANAGE REPORT 

The Baptists of North Carolina should be proud of the record of 
our Orphanage for the past year. God has blessed the institution 
with the highest blessings. Unusual good health and no death is 
the record according to report of General Manager, With the im- 
proved facilities for caring for the children who get sick together 
with the skillful management, sickness has been reduced almost 
to a minimum. 

Because the institutution has been almost free from any serious 
disease there has been practically no interruptions in its work and 
with no serious interruptions the years work has been above the 
average. The work in all departments has shown a marked pro- 
gress. 

The school work, with another teacher added to its worthy corps 
has been far more satisfactory than ever before. 

The religious life of the institution has made hopeful progress. 



Daring- the year 53 have been baptized. The meeting held by 
Pastor Martin assisted by Bro, T. tL King, tog-ether Avith the infor- 
mal services of Bro. Martin held once a week at some house on 
groiids, the spiritual life of the institution has been greatl}^ ciiiick- 
cned. Nineteen of the boys and girls have taken the teachers 
training course gi'/cn b}^ the Sunday School Board. 

Progress in all other departments of training has been gratifying. 
The very nstarj of the work of the Orphanage appeals to tlie ten- 
derest chords of love and sympathy. The love we have for our 
childrea is clo3e;Uakin to our love for God: and all of us, to some 
extent, at least are drawn rowards this institution wdiich, as far as 
can be, furnishes parental love and care for orohanedand helpless 
children. No one would say that he does not . ove our Orphanage 
But this love must be manifested in more than words: more than 
sympathy, more than prayers and tears. The Orphanage needs 
these but it needs more. 

YVe parents know that w^e cannot feed, cloihe and educate our 
children on sympathy alone. 

Just so wdth the family of 375 children at Thomasvilie it re- 
quires toil, care and much planning and much hard work to meet 
the needs of your home life. Likewise it requires an outlay of 
nearly $109. each day to keep our family at the orphanage com- 
fortable and happy. 

As our families have their daily needs so the Orphanage has its 
daily need, 

Like all our denominational interests, the orphanage work is 
growing in importance every day and therefore its demands for 
support are increasing. 

We would recommend, therefore, that our churches show their 
love for the Orphanage by increasing their contributions as de- 
mands increase. 

That our Sunday Schools emphasize their monthly collections 
for the orphanage and that every Sunday School take "Charity 
and Children" in a club. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

W. A. Hough. 

The report on Home Missions was read by Rev, J. M. Kester 
and after an extenned discussion by him it was adopted. 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS 

It is declared that the meeting of the Home Board last July was 
the most representative it has ever had. We learn that thirteen 
of the State Vice-Presidents were present and participated in mak- 
ing up the budget for the year and planning the work. Evidently 
the Vice Presidents contributed much to the occasion and it was 
the enthusiastic conviction of those present that to supply the ur- 
gent demands for help that came up from all over the South the 



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Board could not do less than it was empowered to do, and then 
put its faith in the brethren every where that they will come up to 
the help of this great cause and raise every dollar of the apport- 
ionment, remembering that the work is not the work of the Home 
Board but of Baptist brethren throughout the South. 

The watchword of the Home Board is Forward! and it has plan 
ned a distinctly aggressive campaign for the present year. Besid- 
es the regular work steps forward were taken in two w^ays: 

The first was in conformity to the instructions of the Southern 
Baptist Convention that the Board at once should take steps to 
raise a $1,000,000 church Building Loan Fund. It was decided to 
complete the raising of this Fund within three years and to em- 
ploy special workers for this purpose at the earliest possib/e mom- 
ent. There are 3.000 or :iiore houseless Baptist churches in our 
territory and in hundreds of these the establishment of strong cen- 
ters for Christ and his truth only awaits some aid in erecting 
church houses. 

The second large step taken was in response to repeated reports 
of the Board to the Southern Baptist Convention and repeated 
committee reports before that body calling for the Home Board 
to put forth larger efforts to help in training and enlisting back- 
ward churches. This note, first sounded in recent years by the 
lamented Dr. F. H. Kerfoot, has become stronger and stronger un- 
til now several of the State Boards have made requests of the 
Home Board for aid in this work. At its July meeting the Board 
ordered the establishment of a Department of Enlistment and Co- 
operation and provided for the election of a special representa- 
tive to labor in this Department. 

We believe that in this movement there are prospective bless- 
ings for Southern Baptists and their usefullness that are almost 
beyond our conception. It looks to "teaching them to observe 
all things" as well as to saving the lost and baptizing the convert- 
ed. It will provide for helping to train the churches more fully 
in all the ways of the Lord as well as enlisting them in larger giv- 
ing. 

Our Board is leading Southern Baptist in a worthy way in the 
great and fundamental work of saving the South. Your commit- 
tee warmly commends it and its work to the prayers and enthus- 
iastic and liberal support of the churches in our Association. We 
recommend: 

1.— That clubs of subscribers be raised in every church for The 
Home Field, the splendid monthly of the Board. Price 35 cents, 
single copies, or 25 cents in clubs of five or more. 

2.— That pastors and workers secure and read the Board's in- 
structive new book, "The Home Mission Task," Price 50 cents 
in cloth, 10 cents extra for postage; 35 cents in paper, 7 cents extra 
for postage. 



3. — That J arge use be made of the varied aiKJ helpful tracts of 
the Board, which are mailed free on application. 

4. — That this Association provide for apportioning among its 
churches the amount we are asked to raise for Home Missions 
this year. 

5. — That all of our pastors be requested to pi each upon this 
great cause at least once during the year. The Board will gladly 
furnish material for special study of pastors on request. 

Committee to nominate delegates to Southern Baptist Conven- 
tion reported that Rev. L. R. Pruett be selected as the delegate 
and Rev. S. F. Conrad as alternate. Report adopted. 

The committee to nominate Executive Board reported that the 
following brethren should constitute the members of the Board, 
Rev. L. R. Pruett, W. C. Dowd, T. D. Maness, T. J. Renfrow and 
Rev. W. A. Smith. 

On motion Rev. L. R. Pruett w^as elected as the Vice President 
of the Foreign Mission Board for the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
association. 

On motion Rev. L. R. Pruett was elected as the member from 
this association of the State Mission Board. 

Committee on Time, Place and Preacher, reported Mattnevvs as 
the place and Tuesday ni^ht before the 3rd. Sunday in September 
1913. The introductory sermon to be preached by Rev, W. A. 
Smith and Rev. E. C. Andrews as alternate. 

On motion Rev. W. A. Hough of Cornelius was elected as the 
Representative of Sunday Schools in the association. 

On motion the association decided that no money be sent up to 
the association except the minute fund. 

J. J. Ezell reported for the Finance committee that $30.00 were 
sent up for the minutes with no report from the First church and 
Pritchard Memorial and Arlington, Clear Creek and Newell, 

By consent of the association Rev. E. C. Andrews addressed the 
association on the work at Kannapolis outlining the urgent need 
for aid in the building of a house of worship. 

Rev. S. F. Conrad moved that the association most heartily 
commends this work to the churches of the association and invites 
|he pastor at Kannapolis to visit the churches and appeal to them 
for aid. 

The report of the Womans Zvlissionary Societies, by motion was 
read and ordered printed in the minutes of the Association. 

The association then adjourned until 7:30 tonight. 

NIGHT SESSION 

Association met at 7:30 P. M. after devotional exercises led by 
Rev. D. F. Helms the association was caled to order by Rev. L. 
R. Pruett, Acticting Moderator. The minutes of the afternoon 
session was read and approved. 



REPORT ON EDUCATION 

A report on education has two main objects in view: One to 
impart information, the other to arouse an interest in the 
cause of education. If we can but enlist the sympathy and an in 
terest we have then accomplished much for the cause. 

The different grades of sciiools claim our attention. Nearest 
our people are the public schools, scattered over the country. 
Some run for a short time, one, two or three months of the year. 
This is a little better than no schoolin^^. Others are supplement- 
ing: the public school fund by tuition charges, so as to do worK 
the usual period of a scholastic ye ar. The academy or high school 
fills a want that is most urged. If the ordinary school constitutes 
the basis or foundation of the educattonal structure or edifice, the 
high school certainly is the body of the building necessary to th€ 
common school, as showing why :t is built, exercising a cohesive 
and preserving power oa er the foundation w-alls, and attractive in 
the invitation to the pupils below to come up higher in the educa- 
tional life. The high school is the proper and best entrance to 
college education, forcing the college to rear its dome higher and 
make its halls more inviting. The Baptists everywhere it is prac- 
ticable should establish schools under their inf/uence or control. 
If they are strong enough in any community they should see to it, 
that their children are taught in the day schools by a teacher of 
their own faith. Cultured and capable Baptist young ladies and 
young men as teachers of their schools are not hard to find. We 
advocate the establishment of a high school within the bounds of 
the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association. Our brethren on the 
southeast have founded a most successful high school at Wingate. 
The brethren of other associations are making every effort to es- 
tablish good high schools within the bounds of their associations, 
and why should not we imitate their example? 

A serious danger now menaces our denominational colleges, 
unless the Baptists in this Association and thoughout the State 
realize the situation and steadily maintain their colleges. The 
State, with its practically unlimited resources through teachers and 
other funds at its command, maintains three institutions of learn- 
ing for our boys, young men and young ladies. We do not wish 
to be understood as opposing any of these institutions or underest- 
imating their importance for the special object had in view by 
their establishment. The danger of these institutions to our de- 
nominational colleges lies in their superseding them with our 
Baptist people. The State cannot, from the very nature of the case 
exercise in any of its colleges a decided and persuasive religious 



influence. Stale and Chinch are, and should be, disscciatcd in ed- 
ucation as in government. But Carolinians are a leh'gioiis people 
The professors and teachers of Srate institutions are usually, not 
always however, members of churches and it is claimed that 
through Ihem religion exercises over the students its due sw-ay, 
But the State cannot ezclude. and the history of St^ne education in 
North and South Carolina shows that it has no: in the past done so, 
infidels and ungodly teachers from its collei^es. One such teaclier 
of your daughters and sons v\iH cast an evil shsde over all their 
subsequent life. The present and more jspecially the past shows 
that Baptists, t^^ough the most numerous body of christians m the 
State, have the smallest I epresentaticn upon the faculties of the 
State colleges- 

The question presented to the Baptists of this Association and 
the State is: Shall we hand over to the State or toother denomina- 
tions the education of our boys and girls.^ 

Theri? is no small danger of this being done. Wake Forest, Mer- 
edith College and many of our secondary schools are struggling 
with inadequate means to educate our young men and maidens. 
Let these colleges and schools sink from w ant of patronage or 
want of proper endowment or equipment and a few generations 
hence what would become of Baptist influence and power in 
North Carolina? The epitaph of North Carolina Baptists w^ould 
be, "They were, and are not." 

S. N. Watson. 

The association was then adressed by President W. L. Poteat of 
Wake Forest College on Education. The address was regarded 
as one of the finest ever delivered before the association, replete 
wdth facts and designed to aw^aken a deeper interest in our schools 
and the cause of general educaiion. 

The association then resumed its business session. 

A hearty vote of thanks were extended to the First Church of 
Concord and the citizens of the town for their generous hospitality 

The association voted by motion the usual compensation to the 
Clerk. 

AMENDED REPORT ON TIME OF MEETING 

It was decided to meet on Tuesday night before the 3rd. Sunday 
in September 1913. The remainder of the report remaining as 
previously adopted. 

"Blessed be the tie that binds," was sung and the association ad- 
journed by benediction by Rev. L. Johnson. 



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MINUTE FUND 

The following churches sent up the following amounts which 
the Clerk of the Assoiation here acknowledges. 

S.F.Conrad, Clerk 

Charlotte, First Church - - - $10.00 

Charlotte, Pritchard Memorial - - - 5.00 

Charlotte, Ninth Avenue - - - 5.00 

Charlotte, Loutse . _ . . 3.25 

Charlotte, North - - - - 1,25 

Chad wick - - - . - - 2,00 

Cornelius, - - - - 2.50 

Concord, First Church - - - - 3.83 

Concord, McGill Street - - - 3.00 

Concord, West - - - - 1-50 

Friendship, .... - 2.00 

Independence Hill . . . . 1.75 

Kannappolis, - - - - 2.50 

Long Creek, - - . - . 1.50 

Pineville, - - - - - 2.00 

Union Grove, ----- 1,00 

No letter or money received from Arlington. Clear Creek or 
Newell. 

S- F. Conrad 



Churclios: 



Arlington 

("leav Creek 

Cornelius 

Chad wick 

Charlotte First Church 

Charlotte, Pritchard Memor 

Charlotte, 9th Ave. 

Charlotte, Louise 

Charlotte, West 

Concord, First Church 

Concord, McGill Street 

Concord, North 

Friendship 

Huntersville 

Independence Hill 

Kannappolis 

Long Creek 

INIatthews 

Newell 

Oak Grove 

Pleasant Plfiin 

Stougli Memorial 

Union Grove 

Wilson Grove 



275.00 
300.00 

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.1,500.00^ 
800. 00^ 
488.47 
900.00 
900.00 
315.90 
100,00 
40.001 



400.00 
100.00 
500.00 

300.00 
200.00 
200.00' 

75.00' 
150.00 



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152.00 


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1,592.71 


70 


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114.00 


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27.85 


11,98 


43.00 


83.10 


20.0()l 


40.00 


55.00 


25.00 


18.00 


24.00 




12.00 


27.40 


23.87 



3,8.00 


15. 


20.(U) 


15 


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112.22 


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3,0.00 


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27.50 


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33.40 


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D. W. Speaks, Cornelius, ^N^. C. 


Weekly 


3,000 


500 


12 


2 




8 






6 




64 


93 


16 


C. H. Bogan, Chadwick, Charlatte, X. C. 


Weekly 


3,300 


400 


24 


30 




20 


10 


1 


29 




65 


111 


17 


J. A. Durham, Charlotte, N. C. 


Weekly 


75,000 


1500 


28 


55 








7 


28 








99 


J. J. Ezell, Charlotte, N. C. 


Weekly 






l(i 


26 


2 


43 


1 


2 




2 


106 


180 


28 


Fred 8. Conrad, Charlotte, N. C. 


Weekly 
Weekly 


18,000 


500 


47 


43 




36j 


2 


52 




189 


350 


53 


Lackey Allen, Charlotte, N. C. 


4,500 


400 


25 


26 


2 


28 


4 


2 


16 




83 


159 


23 


B. F. Cato, North Charlotte, N. C. 


Weekly 


7,725 


600 


4 


11 


1 


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1 


2 


10 




38 


101 


13 


Dr. H. C. Herring, Concord, N. C. 


Weekly 


14,000 


900 


cS 


17 


3 


5 




2 




83 


150 


23 


J. P. Ci'owder, Concord, N. C. 


Weekly 


3,000 


400 


28 


41 


2 


5 


2 


57 




94 


145 


23 


W F. Stegall, Concord, N. C. 


W(^ekl> 


1,800 


400 


10 


22 


1 


' 9 


11 


2 


11 




80 


126 


20 


C. Garrison, Charlotte, N. C.,E, F.D. 12. 


2nd p.m. 


1,500 


300 




1 




2 








1 


11 


24 


3, 


S. L. Mullen, Huntersville, N. C. 


1 tind 2 


300 




2 


3 




1 ^ 






2 




10 


13 


2; 


C. 8. Davis, Charlotte, X. C\, K. F. D. 7. 


2 iiid 4 


1,800 


350 


1 


3 




8 


1 






5 


20 


42 


6 


J. W, Bounds, Kannappolis, X. C, 


Weekly 


2,000 


400 


98 


31 


10!j 16 




1 


122 




93 


131 


22 


J. S. Underwood, Paw Creek, X. C. 


2nd Sun 


1,000 


300 


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19 


32 


5 


W. L. Hatfield, Matthews, X. C, 


2 and 4 


7,000 


350 




1 


1' 9 

1 


3 


1 




11 


44 


61 


10 


W. E. Smith, Pineville, X. C, 


1 and ;-; 


1,000 


400 


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J. E. Bioom, Matthews, X". C. 


3rd Sun 












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1 




5 


89 


72 


16 


C. J. Price, Pineville, X. C. 


4th Sun 


2,500 


500 


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2 




2 


5 




27 


70 


9 


K. H. Hastings, Huntersville, X. C. 








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8 




12 


18 


3 


T. E. Pigg, Charlotte, X. C., E. F. D. 9. 


Mo ithly 


1,500 


350 


ll 


2 


1 6 




1 


8 




41 


62 


10 






$130,325 




;H27 


332 


25J 228 


41 


26 


359 


24 


1168 


3004 


417 



of tbe 

Woman*s 5ttisSionar^ Knion 
of tl)e 

Mecklenburg anb Cabarrus 

^ssociaUon 

lfel6 WMk 

^irst '^a^lisl C!r;urcl), (Toitcord, !5toi-tl) Carolina 
September lUl). a!i6 I2tl), 1912. 



The Womans Missionary Union of the Mecklenburg and Ca- 
barrus Association met in its second annual meeting with the 
First Baptist Church of Concord on Mach 7th, 1912. 

The meeting ^Yas opened by singing hymn From Greenlands 
Icy Mountains. 

Mrs. C. E. Craven, of Concord, led the devotional exercise, 
reading the 17th chapter of Acts. 

Mrs. Williams, of Concord, making the address, welcoming the 
ladies and Mrs. King, of the Ninth Ave., Baptist church, of Char- 
lotte, responding. 

Rev. Dr. Bomar and Rev. Mr. Watson addressed the ladies whli 
words of encouragement. Dr. Bomar offering the following reso- 
lution. 

Resolved that a committee from the ladies be appointed to cc- 
operate with the Brethren of the Association in the fifth Sunday 
meeting's and such other meetings as may be deteimined on. 

Upon motion, the resolution was adopted. 

The enrollment of delegates showed representatives of ten 
churches were present. 

The Vice-President, Mrs. Withers, made the following report. 

As we come to this meeting, we close the first years work in 
our history and begin a new year. We look up to God with 
grateful hearts for what has been accomplished. On every hand 
we have much to encourage us. One year ago, we held our first 
association meeting, then we were quite young, just an infant. 
To-day we stand equipped and strengthened by the past for 
achievements yet undreamed of. In an article by Dr. Willine- 
ham on "Things that make for pro<>re^s in the kingdom" he sa} s 
as never before our people are beccm.ing aroused en the subject 
of "World-wide Missions" and nothing can stay the onward 
sweep of Missionary enthusiasm. The churches of Christ arc be- 
ginning to realize that the serious business for which they exist is 
to make disciples of all nations. All our lives, we have prayed, 
"Thy Kingdom Come," expecting, I fear,' the answer in some dis- 
tance indefinite future, and, yet, to-day wdien we run the moral up 
lift all over the home land, ^he note of evangelism sounded ficm 
almost all Ox our pulpits, r.rd the growing missionaiy spiiit, aic 
we not given splendid hope for the coming of the kingdom in the 
world? Again, I quote from our loved Secietar}'. "Two things 
need to be done. Let us pray with a large faith and an intense 
desire, our hearts buidened wilh longing for the coming of the 
kingdom. The.^ let us give ourselves with deep consecration to 
nnceasing effoit, stopping at no sacrifice that we can make." 



"The restless millions wait, The light Whose doings maketh all 
things new. Christ also wahs, but men are slow and late. Have 
we done what we could? Have I.'* Have aou.^ 

Not what we could have done perhaps, though we have done 
marvelously well, and we come with an increase in our gifts and 
a greater lover for our work, — are we not making for progress in 
the coming of the kingdom.^ 

During the year 75 letters and 25 postals have been written. 
Letters received 35. Postals received 25. Leaflets, pamphlets 
and other liturature distributed 95. Miles traveled 65. Churches 
visited 3. Societies organized 9. Associational meetings held 1. 
And a report made before the body of the Mecklenburg and Ca- 
barrus Association. There has been a steady increase of Societies 
reporting to me. The amount reported to me for the year closed 
being $2,312.15. 

Let us look to God from whence Cometh our sirength. Take 
courage from the progress we have made and press foward for 
greater and higher things. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. J. D. Witl^ers. 

On motion of Mrs. C. E. Mason the report was adopted and a 
rising vote of thanks tendered Mrs. Withers for her faithful ser- 
vices. 

Miss Liddell read the suggested constitution and bylaws and af- 
ter discussion it was adopted. 

The President appointed the following committees. 

Time and place— Miss Liddell, Mrs. C. B. Rogers, Mrs. Bell 
Price and Mrs. S. N. Watson. 

Resolutions— Mrs. W. C. Dowd, Mrs. E. E. Bomar, Mrs. J. A. 
Durham and Mrs. J. R. Pace. 

Nominations— Mrs. T. B. Lee, Mrs. C. B. Floyd, Mrs. E. P. King 
and Miss Eva Liddell. 

Brief reports were made by the different societies the reports 
being ver}' encouraging nine new societies being organized dur 
ing the past year. 

Miss Liddell read the recommeiidaticns of the Central Commit- 
tee and upon motion of Mrs. J. A. Durham it was decided that we 
take as our associational aim $3,000.00 for the year 1912 — 13, also 
that there be an effort made organize a Womans Missionary So- 
ciety in every church in the Association. 



Following is the list of delegates present. 

Mrs. J. R. Pace, Miss Ona Blackman, W. M. S. Cliadwick. 

Mrs. C. E. Mason, Mrs. J. A. Durham, Mrs. T. vV. Chambliss, 
Miss Liddell, W. M. S. First church, Charlotte. 

Mrs. C. B. FI03 d, Sunbeams, Charlotte. 

Mrs. W.C. Dowd, Y. W. A., Charlotte. 

Mrs. F. D. Lethco, Mrs. D, M. Austin, W. M. S , Fritchard Me- 
morial, Charlotte. 

Mrs. E. E. Bomar, Sunbeams, Fritchard Memorial, Charlotte. 

Mrs. T. B. Lee, Y. W. A., Piitchard Memorial, Charlotte. 

Mrs. F. A. Bowden, Mrs. C. B. Rogers, Mrs. E. P. King, W. M. 
S., Ninth Ave., Charlotte. 

Mrs. B. F. Duncan, Sunbeams, Ninth Ave., Charlotte. 

Mrs. L. R. Fruett, Y. F. M. B., Ninth Ave., Charlotte. 

Mrs. S. M. Watson, Mrs. J. L. Howell, Miss Mattie Lentz, Miss 
Lillie McLester, Mrs. A. W. Morgan, Mrs. K. L. Craven, Mrs. II 
S. William.s, Mrs. J. A. Walker and Mrs. W. S. Dean, W. M. S. 
First Church, Concord. 

Mrs. J. L. Rogers, Mrs. L. E. Mullins, McGill St., Concord, W. 
M.S. 

Mrs. Belle Fromm, Miss Nolle Thompson, Miss Sallie Brantley 
Miss Jane Fenigar, West Concord, W. M. S. 

Mrs. Bell Price, Friendship, W. M. S. 

Mrs. J. D. Withers, W. M. S., Oak Grove. 

Miss Effie Stroup, Miss Louise Black welder, Y. W. A., Oak 
Grove. 

Miss Jennie Cole, \Y. M. S., Stough Memorial. 

Mrs. C. B. Carter, vv". M. S., Kannapolis. 

After singing a hymn and a prayer being offered the morning 
session adjourned. 

The afternoon session was opened by singing hymn "Take my 
life and let it be consecrated Lord to thee." 

The devotional exercises were conducted by Mrs. J. R. Face 
who read the 60th. chapter of Isiah, prayer was olfeied by Mis 
Mason. 

Mrs. W. C. Dowd spoke on the standard of exct^llence for each 
misiioiary society and a general discussion of the subject foilcw 
ed. 

Mrs. C. B. Floyd spoke on the work of the Sunbeams and a very 
helpful discussion following. 



Mrs. E. E. Bomar read an interesling paper on our Women in 
Foreign fields. 

Mrs. T. W. Chambliss spoke on the Yoiin^ Womans Aiixiiliary. 

Mrs. W. C. Houston of the Methodist church was introduced 
and welcomed. 

Mrs. J. D. Withers and other ladies spoke on the problems of a 
country church society. 

Mrs. F. D, Lethco spoke on the observance of the week of pray- 
er and a very helpful discussion followed. 

On motion of Mrs. Liddell a collection was taken to defray the 
expenses of the meeting and $8 00 Vv'as raised. 

No further business appearsng the session adjourned. 

EVENING SESSION 

The evening- session was opened with selection by the choir. 
The devotional exercises were led by Mrs. L. R. Pruett, who read 
the 8th. chapter of Romans and a prayer was offered by Mrs. S. N. 
Watson, 

Mrs. C. E. Mason made a very helpful talk on Tithing. 

The- ladies greatly enjoyed a duet rendered by Misses Mattie 
Lentz and Neta Grissett. 

Mrs. H. S. Williams gave a reading on The Missionaries dream' 

The nominating commiliee reported as follows; 

President— Mrs. J, D. Withers. 

Vice President— Mrs. F. D, Lethco, 

Secretary and Treasurer — Mrs. L. R. Piuett. 

Signed— Mrs. T. B. Lee, Mrs. C. B. Floyd, Mrs. E. P. King and 
Miss Eva Liddell, 

Upon proper motion the report was adopted. 

The committee on time and place for next meeting, reported as 
follows. 

We recommend that the Womans Missionary Union of the 
Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association meet the Thursday after 
the first Sunday in March 1913, and that the place of meeting be 
left with the executive committee to be decided before the meet- 
ing of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association in Sept. 1912. 

Miss Eva Liddell 
Mrs. S. N, Watson 
Mrs. D. B. Price 
Mrs, D. M. Austin 
Mrr. C. B. Rogers ' 

Upon proper motion the report was adopted. 



REPORT ON RESOLUTIONS 

The committee on Resolutions reported as follows. 
Whatever of success we hav^ had during the year has been ac- 
complished by the guiding hand of our Heavenly Father. To 
Him we bring our offering of thanksgiving in acknowledging our 
large indebtedness to our sisters and friends in Concord be it 
"Resolved; that we express onr grateful appreciation first to the 
good people of Concord for their most generous hospitality, not 
only to Baptists, but friends of other denominations for hospitality, 
Second, to our efficient Vice President and our Secretary for their 
wise and painstaking efforts which have made this meeting such 
a success. Third, to the ladies of the church for their delightful 
luncheon at the Pastors home. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. W. C. Dowd 
Mrs. J. R. Pace 
Mrs. J. A. Durham 
Mrs. E. E. Bomar 
Upon proper motion this report was adopted. 
The executive committee reported the selection of Matthews as 
place of next meeting. 

No further business appearing the meeting adjourned with pray- 
er led by Rev. J. W. Snyder. 

Mrs. L. R. Pruett, Sec. 



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MINUTES 

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Twenty-Eighth Annual Session 

OF THE 

Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association 




HELD WITH 

The Matthews Baptist Church 

MATTHEWS, N. C. 
SEPTEMBER 16, 17, 18, 1913. 



The next session will be held with the Kannapolis 
Baptist Church, Tuesday night before the 3rd Sunday 
in September, 1914. Dr. W. M. Vines to preach the 
introductory sermon, R. E. Brown alternate 



Capital T14F Surplus and Profits 
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MINUTES 



OF THE 



Twenty-Eighth Annual Session. 



OF THE 



Mecklenburg and Cabarrus 
Association 



HELD WITH THE 



The Matthews Baptist Church 

Matthews, N. C, 
September 16, 1 7 and 18, (913. 



The next session will be held with the Kannapolis Church, 
Tuesday night before the 3rd Sunday in September, 1914.' 
Rev. W. M. Vines to preach the introductory sermon. Rev. 
R. E. Brown alternate. 

...,..-. THE MONROE ENQUIRER, MONPOff. N. C 



OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. 

Moderator — L. R. Pruett, 9th Avenue, Charlotte, N. C. 
Clerk— S. F. Conrad, 300 Central Avenue, Charlotte, N. C. 



EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

L. R. Pruett, Chairman. W. A. Smith, AY. M. Vines, 

T. J. Renfrow, C. B. Mooney. 



ORDAINED MINISTERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. 

Austin, D. M., Charlotte, N. C. 

Andrews, E. C, Kannapolis, N. C. 

Brown, R. E., Concord, N. C. 

Conrad, S. F., Charlotte, N. C. 

Combs, A. S., (Chadwick) Charlotte, N. C. 

Davis, W. H., Pineville," N. C. 

Davenport, J. E. M., Pineville, N. C. 

Flanders, W. N. Hendersonville, N. C. 

Gillespie, J. C, (Chadwick) Charlotte, N. C. 

Gower, C. E., Charlotte, N. C. 

Helms, D. F., (Belmont) Charlotte, N. C. j 

Haigler, B. M., Mint Hill, N. C. j 

Hough, W. A., Cornelius, N. C. 

Ivory, E. S., North Charlotte, N. C. 

Keller, 0. A., Charlotte, N. C. 

Pruett, L. R., Charlotte, N. C. 

Rogers, J. L., Concord, N. C. i 

Smith, W. A., Charlotte, N. C. { 

Snyder, J. W. Concord, N. C. 

Vines, W. M., Charlotte, N. C. ! 

"Whitley, J. W., Matthews, N. C. 

"Walker, W. L., Rome, Ga. 



PROGRAM FOR NEXT ASSOCIATION 
State Missions— J. W. Whitley. 
Home Missions — W. M. Vines. 
Foreign Missions — R. E. Brown. 
Orphanage — D. F. Helms. 
Sunday Schools — W. A. Smith. 
Periodicals — J. C. Gillespie. 
Education — W. A. Hough. 
Secondary Schools — Prof. J. G. Carroll. 
Temperance — J. L. Rogers. 
Old Ministers' Relief— E. S. Ivory. 
Woman's Work — Mrs. J. D. Withers. 



BY-LAYfS. 

1. The daily session of the Association shall be opened 
and closed with prayer. 

2. Delegates shall be recognized by letters from their 
churches, designating them as such. 

3. The Moderator shall recognize corresponding mes- 
sengers or the delegates of newly-received churches by ex- 
tending to them the right hand of fellowship. 

4. The Clerk shall provide blank letters for the use of 
the churches of the Association previous to the meeting of 
the Association, superintend the publication and distribu- 
tion of the minutes, preserve a file of them and have it pres- 
ent at -each annual session, read the procedings of the pre- 
ceding session at the beginning of each morning session, and 
the last day's procedings at the close of the annual session. 

5. Members desiring to speak shall first rise and address 
the Moderator; shall use ter term ' 'Brother" in speakiug 
to each other; shall not speak on same subject more than 
twice without permission, and shall observe the courtesy 
that becomes Christians. 

6. Members shall not absent themselves from the ses- 
sion without permission of the Association. 

7. A eop7/ of the mxinutes shall be sent to the Secretary 
of the State Mission Board, also a copy to the Secretary of 
the Southern Baptist Convention, and one to the American 
Baptist Publication Society, 1420 Chestnut Street, Philadel- 
phia, and one to the Field Secretary of the Sunday Schools 
in North Carolina. 

A. All questions of order not herein provided shall be 
decided by "Parliamentary Law." 

9. The report of the Executive Board and the Mission- 
ary work of the Association with short reports from the mis- 
•sionaries shall take precedence of all other business during 
Ihe morning session of the second day of the annual session^ 



ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

1. Enrollment of delegates. 

2. Election of officers. 

3. Petitionary letters. 

4. Appointment of committees for the session 

5. Appointment of standing committees. 

6. Report of special committees. 

7. Reports of standing committees. 

8. Report of other committees. 

9. Miscellaneous business. 

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EEPOET OF THE ASSOCIATION. 

The Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association met in its 
28th annual session with the Baptist church at Matthews, 
on Tuesday night, September 16, 1913, according to appoint- 
ment. The introductory sermon was preached by Rev. W. 
A. Smith, the appointee, at 8 o 'clock from the words of our 
Lord's Prayer, "Thy Kingdom Come." 

On account of the absence of the Moderator and the 
smallness of the delegation present, the organization was 
deferred until tomorrow morning. Rev. 0. A. Keller was 
asked to lead the devotional exercises at 9 :30 tomorrow. 
The congregation then adjourned by benediction. 

WEDNESDAY MORNING SESSION. 

Association met at 9 :30 A. M., and after devotional 
exercises, led by Rev. 0. A. Keller, proceeded to the organi- 
zation of the body. In the absence of W. C. Dowd, the 
former Moderator, the Association was called to order by 
Rev. R. L. Pruett, who appointed Rev. J. "W. "Whitley, W. A. 
Hough and C. B. Mooney to report on order of business. 

The roll of the churches was then called and the follow- 
ing churches reported by letters and delegates : 

Arlington — E. H. Williams, R. J. Connell and John 
Connell. 

Clear Creek — H. W. Pigge and J. F. Reader. 

Cornelius — C. B. Mooney and E. B. White. 

Chadwick — E. A. Livingston, J. L. Blackman and J. C. 
Gillespie. 

Charlotte, First Church— Dr. W. M. Vines, J. P. Hack- 
ney, Willis Brown, J. W. Brown, C. H. Robinson and C. A. 
Kuester. 

Charlotte, Pritchard Memorial— W. A. Smith, W. F. 
Dov^^d, J. J. Ezzell and C. R. Austin 

Charlotte, Ninth Avenue— R. J. Boyd, D. W. Pink, J. 
W. Pittman, W. J. Fite, Fred S. Conrad, L. R. Pruett and 
S. F. Conrad. 

Charlotte, Allen Street — Rev. 0. A. Keller, S. A. Helms, 
A. B. Hays and J. W. Watkins. 

Charlotte, North— E. S. Ivory and L. M. Pruett. 

Concord, First Church — R. E. Brown and John Keg^rnes. 

Concord, McGill Street — J. L. Rogers, M. A. Carpenter, 
A. L. Howell and J. F. Curlee. 

Concord, West — J. B. Talbirt, Jane Penegar, Jennie Max- 
well, Mary Lowder and J. W. Snyder. 



Friendship — Lester Walker and C. Garrison. 

Huntersville — Letter, no delegate. 

Independence Hill — H. B. Blackman. 

Kannapolis — Foy Fisher, M. H. Carter, E. C. Andrews 
and J. A. Funderbnrk. 

Long Creek — A. C. Parker. 

Matthews— J. W. Phillips, F. M. Abernathy and E. F. 
Sinclair. 

Newell — A. B. Jourdan and wife. Miss Dora Austin and 
Miss Fannie Austin. 

Oak Grove— J. P. Stroup, Eoy McCorkle and M. A. 
Edwards. 

Pleasant Plain — J. E. Broom, J. H. Wilson and H. B. 
King. 

Rockwell — A. P. Sweet and L. R. Caldwell. 

Stough Memorial — A. M. Culp and J. A. Pressley. 

Union Grove — Letter, no delegate. 

Wilson Grove— W. M. Mullis. 

The Association being read}^ for business the election of 
officers for the ensuing year Avas taken up, and upon the mo- 
tion of D. F. Helms, T. J. Renfrow was asked to cast the 
vote of the Association for Rev. L. R. Pruett for Moderator. 
The vote was so cast and he was elected. 

Also on motion of D. F. Helms, J. L. Rogers was asked 
to cast the vote of the Association for S. F. Conrad, Clerk. 
The motion prevailed and the vote was so cast. 

On motion J, J. Ezzell was also re-elected Treasurer, the 
vote of the Association also being cast for him. 

The Moderator then called for the reception of any nev/ 
churches desiring to come into the Association, when A. P. 
Sweet presented an application from the Rockwell Baptist 
church, a newly organized body in the edge of Iredell county. 
The application was referred to a special committee of 
three composed of W. A. Smith, E. C. Andrews and Cov- 
ington Garrison. 



REPORT ON ORDER OF BUSINESS. - 

The committee on order of business submitted the fol- 
lov\'ing report, v/hich v/as adopted : 
10 :30-ll :30 — Report on Orphanage. 
11 :30-12 :30— Report on Education. 
12:30-2:00 P. M,— Dinner. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 



2 :00-2 :30— Sunday Schools. 
2 :30-3 :30— Foreign Missions. 



NIGHT SESSION. 

- 7 :30 — Devotional Exercises. 

8:00— State Missions. 

At tliis point the Moderator extended a welcome to 
brethren and the following brethren were recognized and 
welcomed to seats in the body. 

Eev. Livingstone Johnson, Secretary of the State Mis- 
sion Board ; President W. L. Poteat, of Wake Forest College ; 
Archibald Johnson, of the Baptist Orphanage ; Rev. Brax- 
ton Craig, of Monroe ; E. L. Middleton, Secretary of Sunday 
Schools ; W. M. Green, representative of the Biblical Re- 
corder; J. B. Talbert, a young ministerial student of the 
Association. 



REPORT ON ORPHANAGE. 

The report on the orphanage was called for and the re- 
port not being ready the orphanage and its work was dis- 
cussed .by Archibald Johnson. At the conclusion of his 
address J. C. Gillespie arrived with the report which was 
read and which he followed with some remarks emphasiz- 
ing some phases of the work of the orphanage. Report 
was adopted. 

The first child was received into the Orphanage November 11, 
1885. Since then 1,420 children have been enrolled and the present 
number is 411. The average cost for each child is about $100.00 
a year. Children are received between the ages of five and twelve 
years and dismissed according to preparation rather than age. 

At the Kennedy Memorial Home, located in Lenoir County, two 
dormitories are being erected and will be ready for use by January 
1, 1914. About half the funds necessary to equip this part of the 
institution have been secured and it is hoped tha the remaining 
half will come in time so that the work may go forward without 
interruption. 

Three splendid gifts have come to the Orphanage since the be- 
ginning of 1913. The first by Misses Mary and Victoria Galloway, 
which consists of 375 acres of land in Transylvania County, and is 
estimated at $25,000.00. This is not available, however, during the 
lifetime of Miss Mary Galloway, The second gift was the bequest in 
the will of Dr. 3. W. Little, of Davie County, which, it is believed. 



will turn into the Orphanage treasury some $2,500.00. The last is a 
small sum left by Bhrother John Pullen, of Raleigh. 

But while we are grateful to record these splendid gifts, we 
are to remember that usually bequests are put in some permanent 
memorial to the giver and are never used to buy meat and bread 
for the children. This being so, with the constant enlargement of 
the institution, makes it necessary for a steadily increasing current 
fund. This part of the work has always fallen on our churches 
and Sunday schools. 

Nov/ let us take a litle view of the Orphanage and its work. 
In the first place, "the most careful attention is given to sanitary 
conditions, cleanliness of buildings, grounds, as well as personal 
cleanliness being rigidly required. The houses are always kept in 
neat and orderly condition. 

Then about 175 acres of land are under cultivation. For this 
work four mules and six horses are scarcely sufficient during the 
summer months. 

Then again the Orphanage has a growing herd of Holstein cat- 
tle which is a good beginning for the dairy. This along with the 
trucking side of farm work is receiving special attention. 

The work in the school is carried through the ninth grade. 
But the work in the sewing room, kitchen, laundry, printing office, 
shoe shop and on the farm, all are a part of a system of education. 
Work in domestic science is being taught this year for the first 
time. 

But the greatest work of the Orphanage consists in surrounding 
the children with a moral atmosphere, and in instructing them in 
spiritual things. To serve this purpose the Orphanage has a well 
organized Sunday school and church, with their various depart- 
ments, such as Baraca and Philathea classes, missionary society, 
mission study classes, etc., which furnish the r^eeded facilities for 
the growth in knowledge and in the grace of giving; and above 
all for pointing them to the Saviour of the world. 

Having these facts before us, should we not more liberally sup- 
port the Orphanage with these 411 orphans? The Sunday schools 
are doing much already to meet this demand. About 40 per cent 
of the current funds comes now from the monthly collectons in 
the Sunday schools. And yet scarcely one-third of our schools in 
North Carolina are giving these monthly collections. Again many 
of the churches are observing Thanksgiving Day and are remeic~ 
bering the Orphanage with liberal offerings on that day, which help 
to give the extra shove needed upon entering the winter months. 
But many churches are not remembering the Orphanage in this 
way. Then many of our Sunday schools take a club of Charity and 

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Children, through which much needed information is given about 
the Orphanage, and through which the sympathies of the readers 
are enlarged for it; while at the same time the Orphanage is helped 
materially. 

We strongly recommend therefore that each Sunday school in 
our Association give one Sunday's collection in each month to the 
Orphanage; further, that all our churches duly observe Thanks- 
giving Day, and at all the services a liberal offering be made for 
the Orphanage; and finally that each Sunday school takes a club 
of Charity and Children. Respectfully submitted, 

J. C. GILLESPIE. 



REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

The report on Education was called for and not being 
ready, W. A. Smith offered the following resolutions : 
A Resolution which, separate or as part of the report on Education 

or Schools and Colleges, is passing the Baptist Associations of 

North Carolina as fast as it can be well presented. 

Whereas, the need for a house of worship at Wake Forest is so 
imperative for our young men in college there, whereas the Baptist 
State Convention took hold of this matter at Goldsboro last De- 
cember and asked the Baptists of North Carolina to put $25,000 into 
this building and urged that work on it be begun at once, whereas 
work on it is progressing finely, and whereas there will be thousands 
of dollars of deterioration if the roof is not on by the approach of 
winter : 

Be it resolved by this Association: 

1. That this Association undertake to raise for this worthy 
urgent cause at least $1,500.00. 

2. That a commitee of three be appointed at once to suggest 
what part of this amount may be raised by each church and make 
report before this session of the Association adjourns. 

3. That each church be requested to raise within sixty days 
at least the amount suggested by this committee and to forward 
same with the name of each contributor to Walter N. Johnson, Pas- 
tor, Wake Forest. 

4. That each pastor in this Association be requested to see 
that every member of every church he shepherds shall have a 
chance to assist in the erection of this House of God at Wake Forest 
College and to see that the name of the Church and Association 
of each contribution shall be sent for preservation in the walls of 
the building. 

Let all the pastors stand together as a pledge to do this. 
Envelopes have been made to assist in taking these collections 

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and in preserving the names. Any pastor who has not received 
a bundle of them, can get supplies by writing to Pastor Johnson at 
Wake Forest. 

W. A. SMITH. 

Dr. W. L. Poteat, President of Wake Forest College, was 
recognized, who addressed the body as to the Wake Forest 
church, and the work of the college. This address greatly 
stirred the hearts of the Association and made a profound 
impression as to the necessity and importance of the college 
and our denominational schools. 

The resolutions were adopted and on motion of W. A. 
Smith, was referred to the Executive Board and the pastors 
and the churches as to making an aportionment of the 
amount asked for the Wingate School and Wake Forest 
church and $300 for ministerial education. 



OTHER VISITORS WELCOMED. 

The Moderator recognized the following brethren and 
welcomed them to seats in the Association : Rev. D. L. Vip- 
perman, of Mt. Holly; G. E. Lineberry, Educational Secre- 
tary ; Dr. W. M. Vines, of Charlotte ; Dr. C. J. Thompson, 
of the Foreign Mission Board ; Rev. S. N, Watson and Pro- 
fessor J. G. Carroll, of Wingate, and E. S. Ivory, of North 
Charlotte. 

The committee to report on Rockwell church made their 
report favoring the reception of the church and the dele- 
gates were extended the hand of fellowship by the Mod- 
erator. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 
The Association met at 2 P. M. and after the opening 
prayer took up the work of Sunday Schools. 



REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

According to the last report (1912) and the best information I 
can obtain, there are 22 churches out of 25 which keep open 12 
months in the year. Newell and Union Grove do not report any 
schools. Huntersville reports a union school. 

It is encouraging to note that 22 out of the 25 churches have 
evergreen Sunday schools. 

The total enrollment of the scholars in the Association is 3,835, 
fthe average attendance is 2,056 — a little over 53 per cent of the en- 
rollment. I find that there has been a falling off in the enrollment 



but a gain in the average attendance v/ithin the last three years. 

There were 157 baptisms from the Sunday schools, which is 
nearly 45 per cent of all the baptisms in the Association. According 
to some statistics, this is far too low. It has been asserted that 
85 per cent of the church members come from the Sunday school. 
If this be true, we need to stress evangelism and Decision Day 
in all our Sunday schools every year. 

In the Biblical Recorder of September 10, 1913, E. L. Middleton 
says: North Carolina and Pennsylvania have the largest per cent 
of their population in Sunday schools of any States in the Union 
except Utah, and this leads because of the laws of the Mormons. 
Our Baptist Sunday schools are growing in number, membership 
and efficiency. Since 1905 we have increased from 1,290 to 1,921 
Sunday schools — a gain of 49 per cent in seven years. There has 
been a net gain of 75,000 in the enrollment of these schools. 

The greatest gains, though, have been in general efficiency. As 
never before, our officers and teachers are studying to better equip 
themselves for the work. Hundreds and even thousands are taking 
the Convention Normal Course. Many schools are taking a religious 
course followed by grading the school, thus increasing the mem- 
bership and improving the organization. 

POLICY FOR 1913-1914: Take the "Standard of Excellence for 
Baptist Sunday Schools" as given in the Recorder of September 10, 
1913, and let each pastor see to it that the Sunday school of his 
church comes as near to it as possible. And let the Al Sunday 
schools have a place in our minutes next year. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. W. WHITLEY, for the Committee. 

The report was read by J. W. Whitley and after dis- 
cussion by E. L. Middleton, Secretary, was adopted. 



EEPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

The report of our Foreign Mission Board shows success and 
progress on our foreign fields. One cannot read the report of the 
missionaries without being impressed with the note of confidence 
and triumph which seems to thrill the men on the field. The un- 
settled condition in Mexico must necessarily impede the work 
there; but in Brazil and China, success has been very evident and 
the opportunities are marvelous. The long seige in Italy and Japan 
has already made its impression and the outlook brightens year 
by year. Dark Africa and priest-ridden Argentina are beginning 
to awake to the leavening influence of the gospel. The success 
of our mission interprises is but the voice of God bidding us go 
forward. 

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Let us glance a moment at the effects of our Foreign Mission 
work upon our people at home. The report of the Board to the 
Convention, speaking of "What Foreign Missions Has Done for 
Us,*' says: "It has caused us to look after education here in the 
home land. Read the life of Luther Rice and what followed, and 
we can easily see how our people were brought to undertake edu- 
cational enterprises as they had never done before. They were 
made to see the necessity of training their sons and daughters for 

Christian service Much of our eucational interest dates 

from the return of Rice from India The Baptists were 

awakened to the world-wide responsibilities and at the same time 
to the great opportunities and obligations which were before them 

in the homeland They were drawn together, and they 

received a new conception of unity among them in associations, 
conventions and other meetings. The mission work brought them 
to greater liberality and they have grown in the grace of. giving. . . 
Surely we ought to rejoice in a work which brings us to the bless- 
ings of larger vision, better education, union, liberality, spiritu- 
ality and which helps to save not only to the uttermost parts of 
the earth, but us and our children from selfishness and sordidness." 

This same report gives us another very helpful feature of the 
work which is a contrast between the statistician of the work twenty 
years ago and now. It says: "Then we had no medical missionary, 
only a native physician on the foreign field. This year we have 
thirteen medical missionaries, seven hospitals, nine dispensers and 
our workers report 65,333 people treated. We had sixteen schools 
with 598 scholars. This year we report 266 schools with 7,481 
Ecolars. These include ten theological seminaries with 222 stu- 
dents and eight women's training schools with 191 scholars. In 
1893 v/e had no regular publishing plants. Now we have publishing 
plants and book houses that are turning out millions of pages of 
books, tracts, Bibles, etc. Then we had 177 missionaries and na- 
tive workers on the field; now we have 849. That year there were 
reported 383 baptisms and a total membership in our churches, on 
the fields of 2,923; this year 4,532 baptisms and a membership of 
27,545. That year the missionaries reported $5,368.42 as contrib- 
uted on the foreign fields; this year the missionaries report $89,- 
483.70." 

This mark of progress noted in the contrast of the statistics for 
these years, shows that we have left the day of small things, and 
yet we have not touched the hem of the garment toward evangelizing 
the world. 

Our contributions have had a most marvelous growth in the 
past few years, and God has wonderfully blessed us. In 1873, just 

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40 years ago, the Convention for the first time in its history had 
its contributions to exceed $50,000. In 1890 the receipts show that 
we went beyond $100,000. In 1893 we exceeded $200,000. In 1907 
the receipts show that we went beyond $400,000, and in 1912 the 
high-water mark shows more than $580,000. Great advancement 
has also been made in the work on the foreign fields. "We have 
$900,0000 in equipment in our different foreign stations, which 
consists in churches, schools, hospitals, publishing plants and 
homes for the missionaries. 

Our denominational leaders believe in the next twenty years 
that larger groth will be seen than ever before. 

We learn that during last year seventeen new missionaries were 
sent out and that eight others are under appointment. This gives 
us a total of 285 missionaries, who are assisted by 569 native 
workers. The number of baptisms for this year, 4,532 ,is the 
largest in the history of our foreign mJssion work. 

The Judson Centennial Equipment Fund should arouse the in- 
terest of every loyal Southern Baptist. The first year was largely 
one of preparation, but the report shows that the sum of $251,781 
was raised in cash and pledges. This fund is to be one and one- 
quarter million of dollars, all of which is to be spent in educational 
and general equipment purposes in foreign lands; such as build- 
ing churches, missionary homes, hospitals, schools and publishing 
plants. This fund is to be distinct and in addition to our regular 
contributions to the Foreign Mission Board. 

Last year our contribution to foreign missions from Southern 
Baptists amounted to $543,446. For this year the Southern Bap- 
tist Convention has asked that the churches raise $646,500 for for- 
eign missions. It will take the entire amount to maintain the 
work, pay off past obligations and make such advance that the 
Board can send out a few missionaries to points where it is abso- 
lutely necessary to have reinforcements. The Convention also 
asked that each State raise a definite part of this amount. 

Our Association has been asked to raise $3,000 of the amount 
proportioned from North Carolina. Should we fail to raise this 
amount then North Carolina will fall short and our work on the 
foreign field must likewise suffer. Brethren, we are equal to the 
task. Let us be much in prayer lest we fail of our duty. 

RECOMMENDATIONS: Your committee recommends: 

1. That this body appoint a committee to carefully divide the 
amount asked for from this Association for foreign missions among 
our churches, that the report of this committee be printed in our 
minutes. 

2. That each family in our churches be induced by the pastor 

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or by a committee to take and read the Foreign Missionary Journal, 
that tracts be secured from our Foreign Board and be distributed 
among the people. 

3. That our churches raise this money in a systematic way, 
and forward to the Board, thereby saving interest on borrowed 
moeny. Respectfully submitted, 

E. C. ANDREWS for the Committee. 

The report was read by E. C. Andrews and discussed by 
Dr. C. J. Thompson and Dr. W. M. Vines, and adopted. 

Rev. W. A. Smith then made a motion, which was 
adopted, that Eev. L. R. Pruett be appointed as the repre- 
sentative of the Foreign Mission Board in this Association. 



COMPLETED REPORT ON THE ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

The committee made a completed report on the order of 
business as follows for Thursday 's session : 

9:30-10:00 A. M.— Devotional Exercises, led by E. S. 
Ivory. 

10 :00-10 :30— Temperance. 

10 :30-ll :30— Secondary Schools, W, A. Watson. 

11 :30-12 :00 M.— Judson Memorial. 

12 :00 to 12 :30— Periodicals. 

12 :30-l :30 — Dinner on the grounds. ! s , 

1 :30-2 :30— Home Missions, Yf. A. Smith. " ' 

2 :30-3 :15— Old Ministers' Relief, J. W. Snyder. 

3:15-4:00— Woman's Work, Mrs. J. D. Withers. 

8 :00 P. M.— Sermon by W. M. Vines. 

Association then adjourned by benediction till 7 :30. 



NIGHT SESSION. 
Association met at 7 :30 and opened with devotional ex- 
ercises, led by Rev. J. L. Rogers, after which the report on 
State Missions was called for and read by Rev. 0. A. Keller. 
The report was discussed by Rev. L. Johnson, Secretary of 
the State Mission Board, in an illustrated talk using a 
wheel chart to show the relation of the State Mission work 
to tlome and Foreign Missions. The report was adopted. 



STATE MISSIONS. 

State Missions is the bed rock on which all the enterprises of 

our Convention are based. Upon it as upon no other organization 

rests the responsibility of preaching the gospel in the destitute 

sections of the State. It is thought by some that the work of State 

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Missions is about completed. As a matter of fact, however, we have 
only gotten the foundation of the denominational structure well 
laid and are now ready to build thereon. 

Our efforts to evangelize have been marvelously blessed but we 
have forgotten to teach them to "observe all things whatsoever I 
have commanded you." Two things are still to be pushed with 
renewed vigor and determination. To be true to our Lord and 
His Christ we must press the subject of soul-winning until every 
destitute section of the State has been reached. In addition to that 
we are "to train, educate and marshal our forces for effective ser- 
vice." It is suggested that "our larger city churches must be will- 
ing to sacrifice some of their strength to save the cause in other 
needy sections of the city." Certainly this deserves notice in this 
section. We are losing in our country fields every day for the 
lack of not being properly organized. Country churches in ad- 
jacent territory ought to be organized into compact fields with a 
pastor in their midst. This is the only hope of ever successfully 
introducing into our churches such systems of benevolence as will 
lead our people up to larger sacrifices for the cause. 

0. A. KELLER. 

The Moderator announced the following committees to 
report Thursday: 

On Time and Place of Next Session — J. W. Snj^der, J. E. 
Broom, A. P. Sweet. 

To Nominate Delegates to S. B. Convention — Eev. 0. A. 
Keller, J. P. Stroup, S. A. Helms. 

To Nominate Delegates to State Convention — W. H. 
Davis, J. A. Combs, H. W. Pigge. 

To Nominate Executive Board — D. F. Helms, W. A. 
Hough, E. S. Ivory. 

The Association then adjourned with benediction by 
Livingstone Johnson. 



THURSDAY'S SESSION. 
The Association met at 9 :30, when devotional exercises 
were conducted by E. S. Ivory, after which the Association 
was called to order by the Moderator and the minutes of 
the previous day were read by the clerk and after correc- 
tions approved. 



EEPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 
The Report on Temperance was called for and read and 
discussed by W. H. Davis, T. J. Renfrow and S. F. Conrad, 
and after discussion was adopted. 

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"Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that putteth thy 
bottle to him and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look 
on their nakedness." These words of Holy Writ spoken by the 
prophet Habakkuk may find in our own times a modern application. 
The discovery of man's relationship and duty to his fellowmen is a 
prerequisite to civic righteousness and Christian citizenship. This 
discovery has not yet been made by all men, nor will it ever be 
ma de by all men, nor will it ever be made until by force of a 
wholesome and universal temperance sentiment the individual con- 
science shall be awakened to a sense of moral obligation to its sur- 
roundings. 

Legislation on the great question of temperance is effective only 
so far as it is backed by a wholesome temperance sentiment. We 
no doubt have on our statute books at present every law that we 
need. We have the Webb law nationally which permits each State 
to enforce her own prohibition laws. We have in our own State the 
Search and Seizure law, passed by the last Legislature. What we 
need now is not more laws but a better enforcement of the laws 
we already have. We rejoice, however, in the fact that in our own 
State the prohibition laws are being enforced, blind tigers are on 
the run, and we are progressing toward a sober citizenship. Under 
prohibition our people are better, business enterprises are more 
prosperous, and our schools are better attended. 

We commend most heartily the work of the An ti- Saloon League 
and W. C. T. U. These organizations are doing effactivc work in 
freeing our country from the awful curse of st^^ong drink. 

"Fifty per cent of the population, embracing over two-thirds 
of the entire territorial area of this country, have outlawed the 
saloon. The time for a nation-wide movement to outlaw the drink 
traffic is auspicious. National prohibition can be secured through 
the adoption of a constitutional amendment by Congress and rati- 
fication of the same by the necessary three-fourths — thirty-six — 
States. We appeal to every church, to all organized philanthropies 
and to every individual who loves his country and his kind, to join 
in this crusade for a saloonless nation." 

Respectfully submitted, W. H. DAVIS. 



REPOET ON SECONDARY SCHOOLS. 

The report on Secondary Schools was read and discussed 
by S. N. AVatson, Prof. J. G. Carroll, the principal of the 
Wingate High School, and L. R. Pruett, the Moderator, 
when the report was adopted. 

The Baptists of North Carolina should be proud of the progress 
their Secondary Schools have m_ade during the past few years. Such 

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men as Charles B. Aycock and J. Y. Joyner have put new life into 
education. The Baptist leaders saw that the Secondary Schools 
had to be organized or fail. Prof. G. E. Lineberry was empowered 
as Educational Secretary. As a result of this, fourteen well located 
schools are training future Baptist leaders. There are several other 
schools under private Baptist control. The value of the property of 
each school ranges from $18,000 to $25,000. No other department 
of our work comes closer to the local church. Competent young 
men and young women are furnished by these schools to be leaders 
in the churches. The higher institutions and churches can carry 
on their work for a few years, but where do you want the leaders 
of a few years hence to come from? There are about 3,800 students 
in these schools. Many of these are not church members. Will it 
pay to invest money and boys and girls in these schools? The moral 
training of our children must largely come from this source. The 
State must be indifferent along this line. 

The most of these schools are in debt. They need dormitories 
and better equipment. Just a little help from the denomination 
and they wil put new life into our rural churches. 

Our school at Wingate has opened its 18th annual session with 
an enrollment of 270. The property there is valued at $20,000, with 
a debt of $5,000 or $6,000. The school is owned and controlled by 
the Anson, Pee Dee, Union and this Association. May we see this 
work as it is, and do our part by these school. 



REPORT ON JUDSON MEMORIAL. 

The report on Judson Memorial was next taken up and 
the report was read by Dr. W. M. Vines and discussed in 
a speech of great force and power, which made a deep im- 
pression upon the Association, greatly stirring the hearts 
of the members in awakening interest upon this great move- 
ment. The report was further discussed by W. A. Smith, 
J. J. Ezzell and W. A. Hough. 

W. A. Hough made a motion, which v/as unanimously 
adopted, that the churches of the Association be asked to 
co-operate with the churches of Charlotte in raising ten 
thousand dollars for this movement. The report as made 
by Dr. Vines was then adopted. 

In the little town of Maiden, near Boston, Mass., the visitor to- 
the Baptist meeting house may see therein a marble tablet this 
inscribed: 

IN MEMORIAM. 

Rev. Adoniram Judson, 

Born August 9, 1788, Died April 12, 1850. 

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Maiden his birthplace, the ocean his sepulchre. 

Converted Burmans and the Burman Bible His Monument. 

His record on High. 

In September, 1809, at the age of 21, Adoniram Judson, the son 
of Congregational parents whose father was a minister, began to 
study the subject of foreign missions. As a student at Andover he 
was deeply impressed by a sermon preached by Dr. Claudius Buch- 
anan, entitled, "The Star of the East." This sermon fell like a 
spark into the tinder of Judson's soul and led to his decision to give 
himself to the preaching of the Gospel in India. In September, 1812, 
in the enforced seclusion of a long sea voyage, he studied carefully 
the subject of baptism in order that he might be able to fortify 
himself as he was to labor near the Baptist missionaries, Carey, 
Marshman and Ward. The result of this investigatoin was the 
conviction that he was wrong and that the Baptists were right. 
He became convinced that faith should always precede baptism 
and that baptism is immersion. After a great struggle in which 
he must break with all the traditions and associations of his 
childhood as well as from his fellow-students and from the sup- 
port of -his own denomination, he surrendered to his deepest con- 
victions and on his arrival was baptized in Calcutta, also Mrs. 
Judson and Mr. Rice, one of his missionary associates, who though 
sailing on a different vessel had experienced a similar change of 
sentiment and so became a Baptist. When the tidings reached 
America our denomination all over the country was thrilled. The 
greatest enthusiasm was aroused by Mr. Rice, who returned to this 
country and told the story of their conversion and aroused the 
Baptists to action. This notable event led to the organization on 
the 18th of May, 1814, in the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia 
of "The General Missionary Convention of the Baptist Denomination 
ni the United States of America for Foreign Missions." Thus the 
Baptist denomination in America, in a sense, was born anew and 
from this impulse the beginning of a wonderful growth which has 
characterized our denomination in the United States is to be noted. 
The Baptists awoke to self-consciousness and it was an epoch of the 
first magnitude. From this convention grew the organized work 
of Northern and Southern Baptists. In 1812 the Baptists of Amer- 
ica were a scattered and feeble folk, lacking solidity. To-day 
they are secod in numbers but in aggressiveness and growth they 
are first in the United States. Under God the calling and conviction 
of Adoniram Judson was perhaps the most momentous event in the 
history of the Baptists in America. 

Fitting therefore it seems that our Southern Baptists should 
celebrtae this great event by raising $1,250,000 for educational and 

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general equipment purposes in foreign lands. Two hundred thousand 
dollars of this sum are to be spent on the publication of Christian 
literature; two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the building 
of churches, missionaries' homes and hospitals and eight hundred 
thousand dollars upon the equipment of our mission schools. All 
this money is to be spent on equipment. It is not to be set aside 
for endowment. This fund is to be distinct from and in addition 
to the regular annual income of the Foreign Mission Board and 
the subscriptions to it are to be taken within three years. By 
giving our missionaries, through this fund, a good literature with 
which to propagate the truth, comfortable houses in which to live, 
churches in which to worship, well equipped hospitals in which to 
heal the sick, sufficient schools in which to train the native Chris- 
tians — especially the native ministers — we can, thereby, increase 
their working efficiency several fold. It is great economy to spend 
all the money in this way when by so doing we can make our mis- 
sionaries force so much more effective. This great and glorious 
task should be accomplished for two special reasons. First, to cel- 
ebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the sailing of Adoniram 
Judson, the first American foreign missionary, and the remarkable 
fact of his change to the Baptist position. Second, because the mo- 
mentous changes in foreign lands and the open door everywhere, 
together with our success under God, combine to present an oppor- 
tunity which should compel us to do something extraordinary. 
The churches of Charlote have decided to co-operate in this great 
centennial movement by raising $10,000. We earnestly urge all 
the pastors. Women's Missionary Societies and other organizations 
to co-operate in the other churches of our Association in speedily 
subscribing the amounts necessary to raise the sum suggested to 
be raised by the churches of this body. It is recommended that the 
executive board proportion the amount to the several churches. 
We also appeal to the pastors and membership to make a special 
study of the heroic and inspiring life of Judson and those associated 
with him so that our people may be informed and stimulated and 
their convictions deepened in the "faith once for all delivered to the 
saints" and tha the missionary impulse may be quickened and the 
kingdom of God extended. 

W. M. VINES. 



EEPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

No more important subject will come before this Association 
than what kind of literature shall Baptists use. Of course that 
edited and published by our own denomination is the one answer. 
Much depends upon it; for it largely moulds the soul-life of any 

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denomination. It is an alarming fact that a majority of our people 
do not even subscribe to the Recorder, and are therefore not in- 
formed on Baptist principles. No one can estimate the good accom- 
plished by the use of sound, wholesome reading. Your commJttee 
begs first to submit the reading of the Bible at home, in school 
and church. Second, the Recorder in every home. The Foreign 
Mission Journal and Home Feld is a valuable agency to educate 
our people on missions. No Sunday school in our Southern Con- 
vention should use any periodicals only those published by its 
denomination at Nashville, Tenn. The reading and studying of 
doctrinal books in our churches is heartily recommended. 

Respectfully submitted, J. L. ROGERS. 

The report was read by J. L. Eogers and discussed by 
himself and W. M. Green, the representative of the Biblical 
Eecorder, and after discussion adopted, 

J. T. EENFROW ADDRESSES THE ASSOCIATION. 
The hour of adjournment having arrived, Brother Een- 
frow, of the Matthews church, asked the privilege of address- 
ing the Association, which was granted by the Moderator. 
Brother Renfrow in a most feeling way expressed his grat- 
itude and also the church and community for the coming 
of the Association. He most feelingly spoke of E. J. Pun- 
derburk, one of the old members of the church who was 
eonfiend at home by sickness and who could not attend the 
session and because of his long useful life and interest in 
the work, asked as many as could to visit him. The Mod- 
erator asked J. J. Ezzell to respond to this address, which 
he did in most befitting words. 



REPORT ON OBITUARIES. 

REPORT ON REVS. J. J. McLENDON AND W. T. TALBERT. 

Since our last Association the two oldest ministers of our Asso- 
ciation, Rev. J. J. McLendon and Rev. W. T. Talbert, have gone to 
their reward, and remarkable to say, on the same day, June 16, 1913. 

Brother McLendon died at his home near Matthews, There was 
no truer man among us than he. He held some important positions, 
but a great deal of his ministerial life was given to missionary 
work. He was unable for the last several years of his life to take, 
regular work, but he still manifested his loyalty to the cause of 
Christ in his home church and Association. He was a man pure 
in word, thought and deed. Like Enoch, he "walked with God and 
was not for God took him." 

Brother Talbert died at the home of his son in Kannapolis, June 

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16, 1913. Brother Talbert was beloved by all who knew him. He 
was in the organization of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Associa- 
tion and was always interested and exerted himself to the extent 
of his ability in its upbuilding,. This interest showed itself in his 
untiring energy and zeal as pastor of country churches in the Asso- 
ciation for a numebr of years. He organized McGill Street and 
West Concord churches and also aided in the organization of the 
church at Kannapolis. It can be said of him, "Blessed are the 
dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth, saith the spirit, for 
they rest from their labors and their works do follow them." 

J. C. GILLESPIE. 
J. W. SNYDER. 

The report on obituaries was made by J. C. Gillespie and 
J. W. Snyder in which they spoke in most appropriate words 
of the life work of ^Y. T. Talbert and J. J. McLendon, both 
of whom had died during the year. Report was adopted. 

Eev. W. A. Smith then offered a resolution that the pro- 
gram of the next Association be referred to the Executive 
Committee, and representatives from the churches for such 
changes as they deemed best. The resolution was adopted. 

The Association then adjourned one hour for dinner. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association came together after having dinner in the 
church on account of the falling rain and resumed the reg- 
ular order of business. 

The report on Home Missions was then called for and 
read by W. A. Smith, who after discussing it the report 
was adopted. 



HOME MISSION REPORT. 

The founders of the Republic desired that this should be a 
Christian nation. They set forth their ideas in many of the earlier 
State papers. They refused to bolster up religious institutions by 
the State patronage. 

History has justified their wisdom. The oppressed of every na- 
tion to-day look to America to show the way to better things. 
We have tried and know of a truth that "Righteousness exalteth a 
nation." But cur best efforts have been imperfect; we also know 
that "sin is a reproach to a nation." Of 94,000,000 people in America 
only about 21,000,000 are members of any evangelical religious 
body. Of 31,000,000 people in the Southern Baptist Convention ter- 
ritory fewer than 11,000,000 are members of evangelical bodies. 

There remains a large task of pioneer mission work in our ter- 

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ritory. After the successful efforts of Home and State Missions, 
scores of communities in many States do not hear the Gospel mes- 
sage. There has come about in addition a pioneer work of a new 
kind. It is to be found in the slums of the cities and sometimes 
along the fashionable boulevards. With the old task unfinished, 
many new ones are being added that are more difficult. 

Southern Baptists are confronted by an immense vitalization 
task. Thousands of churches without resident pastors, with only 
once-a-month preaching, are finding themselves inadequately taught 
and trained to meet the pressing needs of to-day. "Teaching them to 
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you," we are be- 
ginning to see, is as truly a part of the commission of our Lord as 
is evangelizing the lost. Our Home Board is undertaking to help 
in this great work for the enlistment and strengthening of our 
undeveloped churches. To strengthen our Board in this work is 
to strengthen everything for which Baptists stand. 

Our Home Board schools, of which there are now 34 (9 of which 
are located in North Carolina) are doing a glorious work, more 
than 5,000 students being in attendance last year. 

Three thousand unhoused churches in our Convention territory, 
with thousands of others in buildings that are not adequate to their 
needs, mutely appeal for a large and hearty support to the Home 
Board in raising the Million Dollar Church Building Loan Fund. 

In the Southwest, in Cuba and Panama, among the Southern 
mountains, in destitute city places and in needy rural districts 
throughout the South, among the Indians and Negroes and the for- 
eigners, through evangelism, church building work and enlistment 
endeavor, our Home Mission Board is to-day doing the greatest work 
of all of its fruitful history. 

With all these tasks pressing for vigorous, capable attention, our 
Board stands in the front ranks of these agencies of our Baptist 
body through which we seek to keep inviolate in a day of testing, 
the great Baptist principle of loyalty to Christ and the teachings 
of His Word. There is danger that new and increasing Southern 
wealth shall lead men to drown the voice of spiritual appeal in the 
noise of the marketplace. There is a danger, now that the world 
has become a single community, that we shall love humanity in the 
abstract and forget to love our neighbors in their own persons — 
those who live with us and who are the inescapable test of the 
reality of our love for men. There is danger that hasty effort on 
the part of some of our churches to adjust themselves to new and 
involved social service requirements, may betray us into a wrong 
emphasis. There is danger that the quality of our impact upon 
society may be impaired by confusing the "goodly pearls" of social 

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efRciency and human fraternity with "the Pearl of Great Price." 
Christianity means better living conditions among men, but the 
supreme business of the churches is to produce these better con- 
ditions by producing better men and women. 

The Home Mission Board apportionment for the whole South 
is this year $431,750. The apportionment for our State is $32,500 
and that for our Association is $1,500. Every dollar of the appor- 
tionment will be needed, if the Board is to provide for even the 
most urgent necessities in the various departments of its work. 

1. We recommend that the amount for our Association be ap- 
portioned among the churches and each church requested to raise 
its entire amount. 

2. That pastors and workers urge churches to subscribe for 
The Home Field, the monthly Home Missionary magazine, and to 
make the largest use of the excellent Home Mission tracts, which 
are free on application. 

3. That our churches remember Home Missions during the year 
and give with more regularity to meet the constant needs of the 
Board. 

4. That earnest prayer be made for the cause of Home Missions 
in all the churches and that our pastors be requested to preach 
on this subject as often as practicable. 

The address of the Home Mission Board is Third National Bank 
Bldg., Atlanta, Ga. 

Fraternally submitted. W. A. SMITH. 



OLD MINISTERS' RELIEF. 

The report on Old Ministers' Relief was then taken up 
and report was read by J. W. Snyder, Avhich after some re- 
marks, was adopted. 

The Baptist Ministers' Relief Board was established twenty-three 
years ago. During that time it has brought relief to one hundred 
and three needy beneficiaries — ministers and widows of ministers. 
This is the largest number ever receiving aid at one time. The 
beneficiaris receive from $25 to $200 dollars per year. Many of 
them need more. 

Statistics show a decrease in contributions to this object for the 
last tv/o or three years. Thus the increasing number of beneficiaries 
and the higher cost of living makes an increase of funds impera- 
tive. Nearly three-fifth of the churches of the State give nothing 
for this object. More than one^fourth of the Associations give 
nothing for this object. 

We sincerely hope and urge that each church of this Association 
will remember these old servants of God by giving them a liberal 

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Christmas present as we do the Orphanage on Thanksgiving Day. 
A Christmas check is sent to each beneficiary. 

Respectfully submitted, J. W. SNYDER. 



WOMAN'S WORK. 

The report on Woman's Work was read by Mrs. J. D. 
Withers, the President of the Women's Missionary. Societies 
in the Association. The report elicited quite a wide range 
of discussion. Mrs. Withers extended a most cordial invita- 
tion for all to attend the meeting of the State Jubilate to 
be held October 29-31 with the First Baptist church in 
Charlotte. Remarks were made by J. W. A¥hitley, W. A. 
Smith, T. J. Renfrow, F. M. Lyles, J. C. Gillespie, L. R. 
Pruett, Mrs. S. N. Watson, J. B. Phillips and S. N. Watson. 
The report was adopted and ordered printed in the minutes 
of the Association. 

In the organization of the W. M. U. every opportunity for the 
devotion of woman's life is offered. This is her natural sphere 
and in it she can do her best and most soul-satisfying work. Even 
though God instituted the home and blessed it, He does not mean 
for us to put our whole time to that and leave out everything else; 
to shut ourselves in our homes and shut out every other interest. 
But He would have us live full, consecrated lives for Him. He 
would have us reach out beyond our home. Every woman can de- 
vote some of her life to interests outside of her home, and the one 
thing to which she naturally turns is the religious work. And this 
work needs her devotion more than any other. 

We have in the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association 24 
churches and in 15 of them we have Woman's Missionary Societies, 
in 8 Young Woman's Auxiliaries and in 10 Sunbeam Bands. This 
year's report shows the largest in our history, having more than 
reached the apportionment given us by the Central Committee. 

During the year I have written 69 letters, 34 postals, sent out 
literature, traveled 74 miles, amount reported $2,659.29. 

We rejoice that we are growing along all lines. The special 
days of prayer and offering is being observed by the majority of 
the Societies. 

Our Y. W. A.'s and Sunbeam Bands show decided progress. 
There is always the ambition for larger and greater things. There 
are greater things in view, larger hopes entertained and we plan 
how these may be brought about and now at the close of the year's 
work, we call on you to rejoice in the great things God has done 
for us, and to go forward with renewed hope and courage to make 
the coming year the best in our history — the greatest year for 

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North Carolina, and for the coming of the Kingdom of our Lord. 
Respectfully submitted, MRS. J. D. WITHERS. 



MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS. 
The following reports were then read by the Clerk and 
adopted : 



TIME, PLACE AND PREACHER. 

We, the committee on Time, Place and Preacher for the 
next session, report as follows : 

Place — Kannapolis. Time — Tuesday night after the 2nd 
Sunday in September, 1914. Preacher — Dr. W. M. Vines. 
Alternate R. E. Brown. 

J. W. SNYDER, 

A. P. SMITH, 

S. A. HELMS, Committee. 



DELEGATES TO SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION. 

To go to the Southern Baptist Convention we nominate 
Rev. W. A. Smith, 0. A. Keller; alternates W. A. Hough, 
J. P. Stroup and W. A. Hough. 

0. A. KELLER, 

W. A. HOUGH, 

J. P. STROUP, Committee. 



EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

We, the com.mittee to nominate Executive Board, report 
as follows : 

L. R. Pruett, Chairman, W. A. Smith, T. J. Renfrow, 
W. M. Vines and C. B. Mooney. 

D. F. HELMS, 
W. A. HOUGH, 

E. S. IVORY, Committee. 



DELEGATES TO STATE CONVENTION. 

We, your committee to nominate delegates to the next 
session of the Baptist State Convention, beg leave to submit 
the following: J. C. Gillespie and Rev. J. W. Snyder. 

W. H. DAVIS, 
J. A. COMBS, 
H. W. PIGGE, Committee. 
The Association by motion instructed the treasurer to 
turn over to the clerk the minute fund for the printing of 

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the minutes and that he be allowed the usual compensation 
for his services. 



EESOLUTION OF THANKS. 

Rev. "W. A. Smith offered the following resolution of 
thanks: Resolved, that we extend to this the Matthews 
church and the good people of this community our most 
hearty thanks for their generous hospitality and most lavish 
entertainment of the Association. The vote was most heart- 
ily given when the Association adjourned to meet at Kan- 
napolis on Tuesday night after the 2nd Sunday in Septem- 
ber, 1914. 

MINUTE FUND. 

Membership Amount 

Arlington 208 $ 2.50 

Clear Creek 119 2.00 

Cornelius 138 2.50 

Chadwick 214 3.00 

Charlotte, First Church 988 10.00 

Charlotte, Pritchard Memorial 303 5.00 

Charlotte, Ninth Avenue 566 7.50 

Charlotte, Allen Street 278 3.50 

Charlotte, North 121 1.50 

Concord, First Church 171 3.00 

Concord, McGill Street 233 3.50 

Concord, West 235 2.50 

Friendship „ 35 1.50 

Huntersville 25 1.00 

Independence Hill 65 1.50 

Kannapolis 300 3.00 

Long Creek 47 1.50 

Matthews 108 3.00 

Newell 21 

Oak Grove 55 2.00 

Rockwell, New Church 44 1.00 

Pleasant Plain 106 1.00 

Stough Memorial 95 2.00 

Union Grove 38 1.00 

Wilson Grove 131 

Special collection 70 



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WOMAN'S MISSIONARY UNION. 



The fourth annual meeting of the "Woman's Missionary 
Union of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association met 
with the Pineville Church, Thursday, September 25, 1913. 

The morning session was opened by singing "Praise God 
frm Whom All Blessings Flow." The devotional exercises 
were conducted by Mrs. A. L. Stough, of Pineville. 

The welcoming speech on behalf of the Pineville ladies 
was made by Mrs. J. M. Davenport, Mrs, J. W. Whitley, of 
Matthews, responding. 

Words of welcome were also spoken by the pastor, Rev. 
Mr. Davis, and also by Eev. W. A. Smith and Rev. J. W. 
Whitley. 

The roll was called and the following Societies re- 
sponded : 

Chadwick, W. M. S., 1 ; Charlotte, First Church, W. M. 
S, 23; Y. W. A.'s, 1; Royal Ambassadors, 1; Sunbeams, 1; 
Charlotte, Pritchard Memorial, M. M. S., 7; W. W. A.'s, 3; 
Sunbeams, 1 ; Charlotte, Allen Street, W. M. S., 1 ; Charlotte, 
Ninth Avenue, W. M. S., 7 ; Y. W. A.'s, 3; Sunbeams, 1; 
Cornelius, W. M. S., 3; Friendship, Y. W. A.'s 1; Matthews, 
W. M. S., 9; Oak Grove, W. M. S., 7; Y. W. A.'s 8; Sun- 
beams, 2; Pineville, W. M. S., 12; Wilson's Grove, W. M. S., 
4. Total number of delegates present, 96. 

The President in making her report spoke on "Woman's 
personal responsibility to missions," and urged an increase 
in the gifts that we may realize the apportionment allotted 
by the Central Committee. 

Mrs. Blanche Burrus, corresponding secretary of the 
North Carolin State Union, was introduced and welcomed 
and after words of greeting she spoke on the "Jubilate." 
Miss Liddell, Mrs. C. E. Mason and Mrs. W. C. Dowd also 
spoke on this subject and extended a cordial invitation to 
all the delegates present to attend the State Jubilate to be 
held at the First Church, Charlotte, October 29.31. 

The president announced the following committees: 

Time and Place — Mrs. F. D. Lethco, Miss Liddell, Mrs. 
Richard Edwards, Mrs. C. T. Stroupe and Mrs. W. C. Dowd. 

Resolutions — Mrs. C. E. Mason, Mrs. D. M. Austin, Mrs. 
J. W. Whitley, Mrs. Willis Brown and Miss Cora Edwards. 

The morning session adjourned after singing "Let the 
lower lights be burning," and prayer by Mrs. W. C. Dowd. 

The afternoon session was opened by singing "Throw 

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out thet life line," Mrs. W. M. Vines conducting the devo- 
tional exercises. 

Miss Liddell for the Executive Committee offered the 
following recommendations : :. The Executive Committee 
recommend: First, two m^eetings a j^ear, one to be held 
the first week in March for the election of officers, reports 
of societies and plans of work for the year, and one to be 
held the fourth week in September for inspiration, devo- 
tion and instruction. Second, the election of another vice- 
president who shall be a resident of the city of Charlotte. 

On motion of Mrs. A. B. Springs the recommendations 
of the Executive Committee were adopted. 

On motion of Miss Liddell, Mrs. C. E. Mason was elected 
second vice-president. 

Mrs. Lethco presided at the conference in the discussion 
of the Ideal Society, each point in the standard of excel- 
lence being discussed by the following ladies: Mrs. D. M. 
Austin, Mrs. J. C. Gillespie, Mrs. C. B. Rogers, Mrs. C. M. 
Beam, Mrs. T. B. Lee and Mrs. Ben. Price. 

Mrs. W. A. Smith presided at the conference for Jnior 
work. 

The Sunbeams of the Pineville church rendered a very 
interesting program. 

Mrs. C. W, Jones spoke on the work of the Y./W. A.'s, 
especially emphasizing the importance of the Mission Study 
Class. 

Mrs. W. B. Floyd read a very helpful and interesti^-ig 
paper on the w^ork of the Sunbeams. 

Mrs. W. C. Dowd emphasized missions in the Sunday 
school, urging the ladies to bring misions before the school 
in some w^ay every Sunday. 

Mrs. Willis Brown read a paper on the work of the Royal 
Ambassadors, giving some very helpful personal experiences. 

A discussion followed, quite a number promising to or- 
ganize Junior Societies in their churches. 

Mrs. F. D. Lethco, for the Committee on Time and Place, 
made the following report : Following the recommendation 
of the Executive Committee and adopted by the Associa- 
tion, that the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association hold 
two meetings a year, this committee presents for the time 
of meetings the first week in March and the fourth week 
in September, the March meeting to be held with the Ninth 
Avenue church of Charlotte and the September meeting to 
be held with the Cornelius church. 

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On motion of Miss Liddell this report was adopted. 

Mrs. C. E. Mason, for the Committee on Resolutions, 
made the following report : Remembering with gratitude 
our dependence on our Heavenly Father for the bright 
skies, good health, the desire for the assembling of our- 
selves together in our annual meeting, we are grateful for 
these every-day blessings that have made possible the meas- 
ure of success that we have attained and for our faithful 
and consecrated president. We greatly appreciate the very 
kind w^elcome from the Pineville church given by Mrs. 
Davenport. And the presence and welcome from the pas- 
tor, Mr. Davis, and words of interest and co-operation from 
two other pastors, Mr. Smith and Mr. Whitley. Also the 
bounteous and enjoyable luncheon served by the ladies of 
the Pineville church. We wish to extend our thanks to 
Mrs. Carrie McLean for the typewritten programs for this 
meeting. We are deeply grateful to the Central Committee 
for Miss Burrus, who comes to us with information and 
words of encouragement. 

Respectfully submitted, COMMITTEE. 

On motion of Mrs. King report was adopted. 

A collection to defray expenses was taken amounting 
to $3.70. 

After singing hymn, "I go where you want me to go, 
dear Lord," and prayer by Rev. Mr. Davis, the Union ad- 
journed. 

MRS. L. R. PRUETT, Secretary. 



A NOTE TO THE PASTORS. 

Send all but minute money to the Treasurer, Walters 
Durham, Raleigh. 

Aid your Clerk in filling out the church letters to the 
Association, and make your entries first on a slip of paper 
and when they are correct put them in the letter. The 
letters at the last session were blotched and blurred until 
some were unrecognizable. See that ail the blanks are 
filled and columns correctly added. Get someone to fill the 
letter who can write a legible hand. 

S. F. CONRAD, Clerk. 



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KANNAPOLIS BAPTIST CHUECH 

Kaiinapolis, N, C, 

September 15, 16 and 17, 1914. 



The next session will be held with the Arlington Church, 
Tuesday night before the 3rd Sunlay in September, 1915, 
Rev. G. V. Tilley to preach the introductory sermon; Rev. 
"W. A, Hough, alternate. 



THE MONROE ENQUIRER. taONROE, N. C. 



OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. 

Moderator-*— L. R. Pruett, Ninth Avenue, Charlotte, N. C. 
Clerk S. F. Conrad, 300 Central Ave., Charlotte, N. C. 



EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

L. R. Pruett. Dr. W. M. Vines. W. A. Smith. 

J. W. Whitley. T. J. Renfrovv^. 



ORDAINED MINISTERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. 

Austin, D. M., Charlotte, N. C. 

Beeker, 8. J. Kannapol^s, N. C 

Carroll, R. D. Charlotte, N. C, 

Combs, A. S., Newells, N. C. 

Conrad, S. F., Charlotte, N. C. 

Cross, R.. D., Matthews, N. C. 

Davenport, J. E. M., pineville, N. C. ' , 

Davis, J. F., Charlotte, N. C. 

Flanders, W. N., Hendersonville, N. C. 

Gillespie, J. C, (Chadwick) Charlotte, N. C. 

llehns, D. F., (Belmont) Charlotte, N. C. 

Haigler, B. M., Mint Plill, N. C. 

Plough, W. A., Cornelius, N. C. • 

Piles, F. A., Pineville, R. F. D., N. C. 

Phillips, T. B., Charlotte, N. C. 

Pruett, L. R., Charlotte, N. C. 

Smith, W. A., Charlotte, N. C. 

Snyder, J. W., Concord, N. C. 

Tilley, G. V., Concord, N, C. 

Vines, ^Y. M., Charlotte, N. C. 

Whitley, J. W. Matthews, N. C. 

Walker, W. L., Rom.e, Ga. ' 



PROGRAMME FOE NEXT ASSOCIATION. 

To write report on State Missions — G. V. Tilley. 

To write report on Home Missions — R. D. Cross. ' 

To w^rite report on Foreign Missions — W. A. Smith. 

To write report on Orphanage — J. W. Whitely. 

To write report on Periodicals — S. J. Beeker. 

To write report on Sunday Schools — R. D. Carroll. 

To write report on Education — Dr. W. M. Vines. 

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To write report on Secondary Schools — T. D. Maness, 
To write report on Ministerial Education — F. A. Lyles. 
To write report on Temperance — J. W. Snyder. 
To write report on Old Ministers' Relief — J. C. Gillespie. 
To write report on Woman's Work — Mrs. J. D. Withers, 



BY-LAWS. 



1. The daily session of the Association shall be opened 
and closed with prayer. 

2. Delegates shall be recognized by letters from their 
churches, designating them as such. 

3. The moderator shall recognize corresponding mes- 
sengers or the delegates of newdy-i:'eceived churches by ex- 
tending to them the right hand of fellowship. 

4. The clerk shall provide blank letters for the use of 
the churches of the Association previous to the meeting of 
the Association, superintend the publication and distribu- 
tion of the minutes, preserve a file of them and have it pres- 
ent at each annual session, read the proceedings of the pre- 
ceding session at the beginning of each morning session, and 
the last day's proceedings at the close of the annual session. 

5. Members desiring to speak shall first rise and address 
the moderator; shall use the term '^ Brother" in speaking 
to each other; shall not speak on same subject more than 
tW''ce without permission and shall observe the courtesy 
that becomes Christians. 

6. Members shall not absent themselves from the ses- 
sion without permission of the Association. 

7. A copy of the minutes shall- be sent to the Secretar^^ 
of the State Mission Board, also a copy to the Secretarv of 
the Southern Baptist Convention, and one to the Americf^n 
Baptist publication Society, 1420 Chestnut Street, Philadel- 
phia, and one to the Field Secretary of the Sunday Schools 
in North Carolina. 

8. • All questions of order not herin provided shall be 
decided by ''Parliamentary Law." 

9. The report of the Executive Board and the Mission- 
ary work of the Association with short reports from the mis- 
sionaries shall take pr,ecedeiice of all other business during 
the morning session of the second day of the annual session. 



ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

1. Enrollment of delegates. 

2. Election of officers. 

3. Petitionary letters. 

4. Appointment of committees for tlie sess'on. 

5. Appointment of standing committees. 

6. Report of special committees. 

7. Report of standing committees. 

8. Report of other committees. 

9. Miscellaneous business. 



REPORT OF THE ASSOCIATION.^ 

The Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association met in its 
twenty-ninth annual session with the Kannapolis Baptist 
Church on Tuesday night, September 15, 1914. After de- 
votional exercises, led by R. D. Carroll, the pastor, S. J. 
Beeker, extended to the Association a most cordial address 
of welcome. The introductory sermon was then preached 
by Dr. W. M. Vines, of Charlotte, taking for his text 1 Cor. 
16:9: "For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, 
but there are many adversaries." 



ORGANIZATION. 

Rev. R. L. Pruett, the moderator, called the Association 
to order and asked the pleasure of the body as to organiza- 
tion, whereupon by motion of W. A. Smith the Association 
decided to go into organization by the election of its offi- 
cers. Dr. W. M. Vines then moved that the former mod- 
erator, L. R. Pruett, be elected by acclamation. The mo- 
tion was put and unanimously carried. W. A. Smith moved 
that the former clerk, S. F. Conrad, be re-elected by accla- 
mation. The motion was also unanimously adopted. On 
motion of J. W. Whitley, J. J. Ezzell was unanimously re- 
elected treasurer. 

D. F. Helms urged the importance of having a historian 
to write a history of the Association, and upon motion it 
was so ordered and the moderator asked to appoint a com- 
mittee to make a suitable selection. The moderator an- 
nounced that the committee would be announced a't the 
morning session. 

A message was received from the Tresbytery in session 



at the Presbyterian diurch in Kannapolis sending greeting 
and asking God's blessing upon the Association. The clerk 
was instructed to make a suitable reply. 

The moderator announced the following committee to 
report on order of business: "W. A. Smith, T. J. Renfrow 
and C. B. Mooney. Pending the report the moderator asked 
G. V. Tilley, pastor of First Church, Concord; R. D. Crop, 
pastor at Matthews; R. D. Carroll, pastor of Allen Street 
Church, Charlotte, and S. J. Beeker, pastor of Kannapolis 
Church, to address the Association, all of them being new 
pastors in the Association. ■^■'j 

The committee then made the following partial report i 
Devotional exercises at 9 to 9 :30 A. M., to be conducted by 
R. D. Crop; 9:30 to 10, Report on Woman's Work; 10 to 
10:45, Periodicals; 10:45 to 11:30, Old Ministers' Relief. 
Association then adjourned with benediction by F. A. Lyles. 



. WEDNESDAY MORNING SESION. 

The Association met at 9 A. M., and was led is devo- 
tional exercises by R. D. Crop, after which it was called rn 
order by the moderator, when the proceedings of the night 
session were read and approved. 



COMPLETE REPORT ON ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

The following completed report w^as presented by the 
committee : 

9:30 to 10:15, Periodicals; 10:15 to 11:00, Old Ministers' 
Relief ; 11 :00 to 11 :30, Woman's Work ; 11 :00 to 1 :00 P. M., 
Dinner; 1:00 to 2:00, Home Missions; 2:00 to 3 :00, Report 
on Sunday Schools ; 3 :00 to 3 :30, Report on Education ; 
3:30 to 4:00, Report on Secondary Schools; 7:30 to 8 :00, 
Devotional Exercises by G. V. Tilley; 8:00 to 9:30, State 
Missions. 

For Thursday's Session: 9:00 to 9 :30, Devotional Ex- 
ercises by R. D. Carroll; 9:30 to 10:30, Orphanage; 10:30 
to 11:30, Foreign Missions; 11:30 to 1:00 P. M., Dinner; 
1:00 to 1:30, Temperance; 1 :30 to close, Miscellaneous. 



EOLL OF THE CHURCHES. 

Arlington — W. M. Connell, W. C. Aldridge. 

Clear Creek — No delegates. 

Cornelius — C. B. Mooney, C. S. Hudspeth, John Christie^ 
Mrs. C. B. Mooney. 

Chadwick J. W. Rogers, M. A. Morton, C. C. Thomas, 

E. A. Livingston, J. C. Gillespie. 

Charlotte, First Church — Dr. W. M. Vines, Rev. T. B. 
Phillips. 

Charlotte, Pritchard Memorial — Rev. D. M. Austin, J. 
J. Ezzell, W. F. Dowd. 

Charlotte, Ninth Avenue — Rev. L. R. Prutt, S. F. Con- 
rad, R. J. Boyd. 

Charlotte, Allen Street — Rev. R. D. Carroll, Rev. J. F. 
Davis. E. M. Griffin, A. B. Hays, W. F. Allen, D. M. Helms, 
J. W. Bounds. 

Charlotte, North — John Wilson, Luther Hope. 

•Concord, First Church— T. D. Maness, Dr. H. C. Her- 
ring, Joe Kearnes, R. P. Lentz, Rev. Geo. V. Tilley. 

Concord, McGill Street — I. P. Shankle, J. N. Perry, B, 
Funderburk. 

Concord, West — A. D. Christo, J. F. Kizer, J. W. Sny- 
der. 

Friendship — Mrs. Ben Price. 

Hopewell W. R. Small, T. B. White, G. W. Gurley. 

Huntersville — T. S. Walters. 

Independence Hill — R. H. Beatty, S. W. Davis, H. 0, 
Baker. 

Kannapolis — M. H. Carter, Foy Fisher, W. J. Davis. 

Matthews T. J. Renfrow, W. C. Stokes. 

Newell — A. D. Jourdan, Cleve Kerr, J. R. Austin, A. A. 
Pearson. 

Oak Grove^ — J. P. Stroup. 

Pleasant Plain — H. B. King, C. F. Underwood. 

Rockwell — A. P. Srout, Will Archer, H. L. Kennedy, 
W. R. Barnett. 

Stough Memorial — Rev. F. A. Lyles, A. L. Helms, J. R. 
Cook, W. 0. Bailes. 

Thrift — H. M. Blackwelder, J. F. Belk. 

Union Grove — No delegates. 

Wilson Grove-_W. R. Small. 

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REPORT ON PERIODICALS, 

J. C. Gillespie read the report, which was discussed by 
himself, W, M. Green, the representative of the Biblical 
Recorder, R. D. Cross, J. T. Renfrow and R. D. Carroll. On 
motion report was adopted. 

Religious literature is one of the most important factors in our 
Christian life and activity. Well has it been said that what the 
secular paper is to the cojumunity and to he State, the religious 
paper is to the church and the church work; and that just as the 

man who does not read the secular paper cannot attain to the 
highest sate of citizenship, so the Christian who does net read the 
religious paper cannot attain to the highest efficiency as a Chris- 
tian. 

We would urge the Baptists of our Association to try to realize 
more, as a body, the importance of reading and studying religious 
literature, and especially our own Baptist literature; and that as 
m.uch as possible see to it that this kind of literature is put "into 
all our hornes. This is needed not only as a healthy stimulant, 
and source of strength for ourselves and children, but also to help 
counteract the harmful effects brought about by unwholesome and 
unsound literature with which the country is being flooded to- 
day. 

Y^e would especially recommend The Biblical Recorder, which 
has been now for nearly four score years "our denominational 
m.outhpiece ever calling us to greater tasks and clearer visions" - 
in all departm^ents and in all lines of cur church work; The Home 
B'^Ield, which lays out before us the work of the Hom.e Mission 
Board and the work done under the supervision of this Board; 
The Foreign Mission Journal, through the pages of which we have 
our work in the foreign fields presented; and Charity and Children, 
which keeps our orphanage Vv^ork at Thomasville constantly before 
us, thus both aiding indirectly in securing the needed funds for 
present emergency and at the same time broa,dening the sympathies 
and hence the scope of the co-operative forces. 

Vv^e would also most heartily recommend the literature and 
books of our own Sunday School Board at Nashville, Tenn, both 
because none are better nor cheaper and because when we patron- 
ize our own house we turn into our own, denominational treasury 
a per cent to be ussd in our own ^denominational work. 

Respectfully, JAS. C. GILLESPIE, Chairman. 



MINISTERIAL RELIEF. 

The report was called for and read by E. S. Ivory and 
followed by \7. A. Smith, Archibald Johnson and Dr. E. W. 
Sikes of ^^ake Forest. Report was adopted. 

The Baptist Ministers' Relief Board, now located at Durham, 
N. C, dates its teginning with the year 1890. It is composed of 
nine trustees and several associate members who are elected each 
year ty the State Convention. The trustees are invested with power 
to transact the business of the Board. No member of the Board' 
receives any remuneration for his services. 

The Board was put in operation for the purpose of bringing 
relief to aged ministers who have spent their lives battling for 
tiie Baptist cause in this State. Since its organization it has 
brought relief to one hundred and three ministers and widows of 
ministers. Those receiving aid receive from twenty-five to two 
hundred dollars per year. In some cases they have no other 
means of providing the necessities of life. 

The Board is at present extending aid to about thirty-seven per- 
sons, and there are applications pending showing that, many more 
are in need of assistance. 

Now in view of the fact that the Board is rendering aid to the 
largest number since its organization, and that this number will 
continue to grow; and in view of the fact that nearly three-fifths 
of the churches of the State contribute nothing to this object, and 
one-fourth of the Associations giving nothing, we do earnestly urge 
that each church' of this Association make regular contributions 
to this object, that each pastor endeavor to enlighten his people 
as to the needs and worthiness of this object, thereby enlisting 
their sympathy and support, and that a special collection be taken 
just before Christmas that a generous Christmas gift may bring 
sunf.hine and cheer into the lives of our aged ones. Let us re- 
m.ember Matt. 25:40, "Inomuch as ye have done it unto one of 
the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me." 

B. S. IVORY. 



REPORT ON WOMAN'S WORK. 

The report was read and discussed by F. A. Lyles and 
W. A. Smith. Report was adopted. 

It is always a pleasure for me to bring you news of the Woman's 
Work, Year by year there is a growth in interest and in work, much 
that cannot be written but all an inspiration and going to make 
the work well pleasing in the eyes of the Master. 

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Throughout the State Missionary Institutes are being held. 
These Institutes are ntended largely for training and information. 
The Charlotte division was held in the First Church, Charlotte, last 
November in connection with the Jubilate. This was a great meet- 
ing, largely attended, full of enthusiasm and inspiration. 



YOUNG WOMEN'S WORK. 

The work of our young women is fast becoming the most im- 
portant feature of our State work, for on them largely depends the 
success in years to come. This year they have realized this fact 
more fully than ever and in all sections of the State new Auxiliaries 
have been organized. In the Junior Department there are e.eventy- 
eight new bands and nine new Chapters, making a total of Sun- 
team Bands 375; total of Royal Ambassador Chapters, 78, 



TRAINING SCHOOL. 

The State has pledged to take the sum of $1,335, the amount to 
be distributed as follows: Two scholarships of $175 each, for cur- 
rent expenses $335, for enlargment $650. 

The financial aim for the State for all objects is $42,535; any 
gifts or pledges made to the Jubilate fund being over and above 
this sum. 

In reviewing the work of the Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Asso- 
ciation we feel we have much to be thankful for. During the 
yeai' six new societies have been organized.' We now have 33 socie- 
ties. Letters, written, 61; postals written, 29; leaflets sent out, 70; 
miles traveled, 46; amount reported, $2,614.36. For Judson centen- 
nial und, $571.3. 

Our financial aim for 1914-15, $2,750. 

There is much work to be done in the Association. We hope 
in the near future to employ a missionary to take up thi3 work. 
A new year with greater tasks, greater opportunities and greater 
joys awaits us. Let us go forward rejoicing in the strength of 
Him who leads us, and praying for powers equal to our tasks, go 
forth with new hope and courage and determination to win the 
glory of His name. Respectfully submitted, 

MRS. J. D. WITHERS.: 

Visitors were recognized and welcomed to seats, amoni^ 
them Rev. W. N. Johnson of Wake Forest College, Prof. E. 
"W. Sikes of Wake Forest College, and Archibald Johnson 
of the Thomasville Baptist Orphanage. Association was ad- 
journed with benediction by W. N. Johnson. 



AFTERNOON SESSION—WEDNESDAY. 

Associatjon met at 1 P. M. and after devotional exercises 
the report on Home Missions was called for and read by 
Dr. W. M. Vines and discussed and was followed by R. D. 
Cross, S. J. Beeker and W. A. Smith, after which the report 
was adopted. 



REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

The hope of the world is Christianity, "for there is none other 
name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved." 
The Foreign Mission enterprise is the divine method of giving Chris- 
tianity to a lost and perishing world. The structure of Foreign 
Missions rests upon two mighty pillars — the salvation of America 
and the work of Hom.e Missions. These assertions are manifestly 
true, and if so, then the work of Home Missions is second to no 
other enterprise which should enlist the support of our churches. 
It is fundamental to all our work, to our very denominational life 
and to the kingdom of Gcd in its advancement in the world. 

The South is the last great stronghold and hope of the religion 
of the open Bible, and both from their peculiar doctrines and their 
numbers Baptists have the greatest opportunity and obligation to 
hold this great section for Jesus Christ and make it a center from 
which shall go out mighty forces of world redemption. 

Never before in America have there been so many insidious 
attacks as there are to-day upon true religion. These attacks pro- 
pose either no religion or a closed Bible, as Roman Catholics do, 
or a religion of a mutilated and grossly perverted Bible, as do 
Christian Science, Russellism and half a dozen other destructive 
false faiths. These modern false faiths ail agree in a deceitful 
effort to destroy the Lordship and Deity of Jesus Christ, while Ro- 
m-anism obscures the worship of Christ by the closed Bible and 
saint worship. 

In 1880 the population of the South was 18,000,000. Of the 
33,000,000 here to-day, 22,000,000 make no profession of religion. 
If we count off 4,000,000 who, from infancy or other couses, are 
irresponsible, there are still in the South to-day a mighty host of 
unsaved people equal in number to the entire population of 1880! 
Evangelistic effort is still more successful in the Southern Baptist 
Convention territory than in any other part of the country, but 
it is steadily becoming more difficult in our territory to win people 
to Christ or to hold those who have been won to lives of service 

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without a program for training and strengthening the life which has 
been implanted. This has its cause in the changing condition of 
life in our day. Machinery, transportation and intercommunica- 
tion have largely broken up the old conditions of localism, inde- 
pendence and community spirit. Old habits and ideals are being 
swept away and even the churches of Christ must adjust them- 
selves to the change and learn how to make spiritual and to di- 
rect the new life, or else lose their leadership and power. These 
changes cry out to us for a heroic and statesmanlike Home Mis- 
sion program. 

Last year more than 30,000 baptisms were reported by mis- 
sionaries suppoited wholly or in part by our Home Mission Board, 
and more than 56,000 additions to Baptist churches. Matchless as 
is this record, equally promising for the future, though less adapted 
to being shov/n in figures, v/as the development and efRciency work 
accomplished through the Mission School and Enlistment activities 

of the Board. 

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With such glorious successes achieved, much larger Home Mis- 
sion tasks are beckoning Southern Baptists to-day. There never 
was a lime in the South when so much depended, as now depends, 
upon an alert, consecrated and militant missionary propaganda. 

Through ten separate departments the Home Mission Board 
seeks to further the kingdom of our Lord in the South. 

We recommend: 

1. That cur churches be encouraged to make a larger use of 
the splendid free Home Mission tracts issued by the Home Board, 
and to form study classes in the Board's new book, "Baptist Home 
Missions." 

2. That clubs of subscribers be gotten in the churches for The 
Home Field. It is exceedingly distressing and unworthy situation 
that only one Baptist preacher in five in the South gets this splen- 
did magazine. 

3. We recomm^end that prayer be made in our churches for this 
great cause and for the saving and holding the South for our Lord 
Jesus Christ, and that prea(5hers be requested to preach frequently 
on Home Mission subjects. 

4. That, in order to make effective and definite the obligations 
of the individual churches to take their full share of Home Mission 

work, this Association assume $ as its share of the State 

apportionment, and that the Executive Committee be authorized to 
apportion this amount among the churches. 

W. M. VINES, Chm. Com. 
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REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

The report was read by W. A. Smith, who followed it 
with discussion, which was also participated in by T. J. 
Renfrow. Report was adopted. 

The Sunday School is preeminently the teaching service of the 
church. It is an organized effort for a systematic and practical 
£tudy of the Eible. Wonderful advances have been mc.de in this 
line of church activity within the last few years. A comparison 
shows that we reported more than 500 increase in the enrollm.ent 
of cu:.' schools in this Association from 1912 to 1913. All the 
churches of cur Association, except Huntersville, Newell and Union 
Grove, leported an evergieen Sunday School at the last Associa- 
tion. This year every chui'ch hzs. an evergreen Sunday School with 
a tctal of 4,517 members, an increase of 326 over 1913. 

The Sunday School work in North Carolina among Baptists was 
never more vigorously and successfully pushed than it is at pres- 
ent under the untiring efforts of our beloved Secretary, E. L. Mid- 
dletcn. Mary Institutes and Training Schools for Sunday School 
workers have been held hei'e and t'rere throughout the State. One 
oi tliese Institutes was held with the First Church of Charlotte for 
the Sunday Schools of this Association. It is to be regretted that 
more of our Sunday School v\^orkeis did not avail themselves of this 
i.plendid iLstitute. Mary of the schools are conducting classes in 
the Normal Training course and it is to be hoped that many other 
of cu: schools m^ay have such clases during the ensuing year. 

Your committee recommends: 

1. That a strenuous eifoi't he made to enlist a larger numiber 
of church members in the Sund?Ly School. 

2. Ti-at our Secretary, Brother Middleton, be requested to hold 
another trainng school v;ithin cur bounds during the year and that 
eveiy reasonable effc./t be mode to secure a representative attend- 
ance frcm all cur schools. 

3. 'That evei'y scool undertake a great Sunday School Rally Day, 
e'tlier preceding or followed by a great campaign to enlarge the 
£:.chocl3. 

4. That every school do its utmost to provide adequate equip- 
ment for its Sunday School work, in the way of separate rooms for 
classes and other furnishings necessary for an effectual work. 

Respectfully submitted, W. A. SMITH 



REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

The report on Education was next called for and was 
read by W. A. Hough, who gave his time for its discussion to 

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Dr. E. W. Sikes, ofWake Forest College. The report was 
adopted. 

Baptists have ever stood for culture. They took the initiative 
in founding a denominational college in this State, and today they 
lead all others in the number and efficiency of their schools. 

We have to-day fifteen or more schools of high grade, and four 
colleges, among the best in this State. These are filled to over- 
flowing. 

We recognize education as one of the chief functions of the 
State, for legislation and administration of justice fall back on, the 
education of the people. All problems of the State are settled in 
the right education of her people. 

We do not antagonize the State system of schools, we cheerfully 
support the same. The primary public schools of the State cover 
that period in the school life of our children, when they are still 
under the home loof and their religious training may still be 
conducted in the family, so that the risk of a Vv^holly secular edu- 
cation, for this period is greatly reduced and Baptists m^ay con- 
sistently look to the State, to make all needed provisions here. 

But for the high ^.chool period, we have been unwilling as a 
people to trust our children to the secular guidance of the State. 
They are at the age for life's decisions, for commitment to great 
ideals and the joyful surrender to the friendship of Jesus. And at 
this responsive age and critical time they are not at home. Hence 
the great system of high schools and colleges owned and con- 
trolled by Baptists of the State. 

While our system of high schools and colleges has no superior 
and scarcely an equal, and while they are overflowing with en- 
rollment, there are many battles yet to be fought, much work to 
be done. We should not be satisfied until every worthy boy or 
girl in the State has a chance to prepare for the strenuous duties 
which are just ahead of us. 

We therefore beg our people to send their sons to Wake Forest 
College, which has no superior in the South, and their girls to 
Meredith, which is worthy of our undivided patronage. 

Respectfully submitted, W. A. HOUGH. 



EEPORT ON SECONDARY SCHOOLS. 

The report was read by Prof. J. G. Carroll, who followed 
it by discussion which was participated in by E. C. Snyder, 
J. W. Bivens, T. D. Maness, D. M. Austin, J. W. Whitley, 
L. R. Pruett and W. A. Smith. This question elicited much 
interest on account of the adoption of the Wingate School 

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by the Association and the assumption of ^1,500 of the in- 
debtedness npon its buildings. 

The Associations over the State own and control fifteen secondary 
sr;bool.s, Tl:e prcre.'ty of iheze Ecliocls a year ago amounted to 
$307,500. The new buildings and equipment increase the property 
of these schools each year about $25,000 or $30,000. Thexe insti- 
tutions carry a debt of $40,000, with half of it secured by notes and 
fcutscripticns. About 100 teachers are employed, , and the enroll- 
n-ent cf students inciescss every year. This gives you some idea 
of the woi'k in this department. 

The course cf study has been greatly im.proved and libraries and 
reading roomys are being developed. Many of these schools are in 
urgent reed of enlarged buildings and more equipment, and som^e 
■are burdened with debt. In my cpinicn;, they are as v/ortby as any 
object cf the conventicn, yet they fail to raceive the support of the 
Baptists as a denom;inat"on. Individual Baptists have majle these 
instituticEs pos.eible, and to-day they are burdened, with their 
support. Cur Baptist leaders are the only persons who can give 
fee institutions the right place in our work. If these schools live, 
two great charges a'e essential — tliGj miust be placed out of debt, 
and tbe course of st-idy muct be revised. F'nancial aid will make 
tte^e changes possible. 

The present iijuicaticns are that '-ur school at Wingate is enter- 
ing upon its best year. It bas cprned with 250 students, and the 
cutlook for the year's work is very encouraging. The financial con- 
dition has changed little since la^t year, with the except'on of 
seatiijg the Euditoriuni at a ccct of $500 -by private subscriptions. 

Let rs see to it that theze institutions are given the needed 
financial aid, cur patronage and support, for they have in the mak- 
ing our denominational leaders, those who shall be pillars in church 
and State. If our yrung re'?ple are prope-^ly trained, all features 
of our dcnomiirational v^ork wiil be safe in their hands. 

Eespectfully submitted, J. G. CARROLL. 



COMMITTEES ANNOUNCED. 

The moderator then announced the following committees: 

To Select a Historian, which was composed of D. P. 
Helms. T. B. PhilliDS and J. R. Cook. 

Committee to Nominate Executive Committee — J. J. Ez- 
zell. H. C. Herring and J. R. McCnrdy. 

Committee on Time and Place and Preacher for Next 
Meeting — J. F. Davis, M. H. Carter and J. P. Stroupe. 

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Committee to nominate Delegates to State Convention — 
A. B. Hays, E. A. Livingston and J. N. Perry. 

To nominate Delegates to Southern Baptist Convention — 
J. A. Combs, R. P. Lentz and S, W. Davis. 

By permission of the m^oderator and the Association, S. F. 
Conrad made a statement of the work at Thrift and a debt 
pending in bank which would fall due soon and asked for a 
collection to be applied to the same. On motion request was 
granted and the collection announced for the night service. 



PIOPEWBLL CHURCH ASKS FOR ADMISSION. 

W. A. Hough, who recently held a tent meeting at the old 
HopeAvell church site, reported that a nev^ church had been 
organized and that a letter was sent up to the Association 
asking admission into the body. The mxoderator then ap- 
pointed a eom.mittee, composed of R. D. Carroll, R. D. Cross 
f]i:d J. W. Whitley to consider their application and articles 
Oi faith and to report to the Association at the iiinYnmo: ses- 
sion Thursday. The Asocialion then adjourned till 7:39 to- 
right. Benediction by G. Y. Tilley. 



NIOHT SESSION— WEDNESDAY. 

Asociation met at 7 :30. Prayer was offered by 0. Y. 
Till-?v. 



REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

The report on State Missions was read by J. W. Whitlf^y, 
who followed the report vnVa discussion. Livingston John- 
son, the Secretary of the Board then addressed the Associa- 
tion, giving many startling facts as to the growth of the 
mission work in the State. On motion report was adouted. 

Turing tte first years of the Board's exk,tence, its work was 
two fold — the education of the young ministry and evangelism. 
The emphasis was really placed on evangelism m general. Later 
on emphasis was placed upon strategic points with a view of estab- 
lishing churches. Among the first places a'ded hy the Board were 
Wilmington, Raleigh, Greensboro, Asheville and Charlotte. From 
these, as centers, other churches have been planted in other sections 
in thse cities, in adjacent towns, and in the surrounding country. 

Prom time to time as the need became apparent and sufficient 
funds could be secured for their support, new features have been 

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introduced. In 1887 the Woman's Missionary Union, Auxiliary to 
the Baptist Convention of North Carolina was added. It has lived 
up to its name through all these years, going from $1,010.95 in 1887 
to $39,668.96 last year in contributions to all the objects of the 
Convention. 

In 1871 a Sunday School Board was organized. In 1887 it was 
consolidated with the Board of Missions. This department has 
grown in favor until now it is considered a very important depart- 
ment of the Board. 

In 1898 the Convention voted to aid the mountain people in 
establishing and maintaining a system of schools. Rev. A. E. 
Brown was elected as assistant secretary. The Home Board's 
attention was called to this department and its co-operation was 
enlisted. The work proved to be so important that our Board 
turned the work over in 1904 to the Home Board. 

The Laymen's Movement, which was first interdenominational, 
was made denominational, so far as we Baptists are concerned, at 
Wadesboro in 1909. Its progress has been slow but steady and 
under the efficient leadership of Dr. Chas. E. Brewer its ultimate 
success is assured. 

At the session of 1912, the Convention instructed the Board 
to find and employ a suitable man for a secretary of the B. Y. P. U. 
work. Rev. Theo. B. Davis was engaged for this position. The 
work has met with many discouragements but is making some 
progress. 

In 1912 at the Convention, arrangement was entered into with 
the Home Board to do co-operative work in enlisting the churches 
that are not giving to the cause of missions, in enlarging the number 
of contributions in the churches already aiding, and in consolidat- 
ing our country churches into field-pastorates. Also to encourag- 
ing them to pay living salaries to their pastors. When we remem- 
ber that 300 churches do not give one cent to missions of any kind, 
and, that not quite one-third of our people are enlisted in the work, 
we can see the importance of this work. 

Our work this year has been laid out on a basis of $55,000. 
We have one hundred and fifty-two missionaries, preaching at more 
than three hundred churches and outstations, in forty-six of the 
sixty-four Associations and Mecklenburg-Cabarrus is one of them. 
It receives $1,500. 

In addition to the regular missionaries, we are sustaining the 
departments which have just been mentioned, and are giving 
$7,000 to aid in building houses of worship in important mission 
fields of the State. Up to this time only $6,553.48 have been paid. 

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No wonder to me there comes an urgent appeal from our faithful 
and beloved Secretary to us pastors to lay a part of his burden 
upon our own shoulders by sending in, just as soon as possible, at 
least one-third of our whole contributions to State Missions so 
that he may be able to meet his obligations on October 30th. 
Brethren, we must do this in our Associatioji. Let every pastor 
put his hand to the task. Respectfully submitted, 

JULIUS W. WHITLEY. 
A collection was then taken for ' the Thrift church 
amounting to $8.72. Association was then adjourned with 
benediction by E. C. Andrews. 



THURSDAY'S SESSION. 

Association met at 9 A. M. Devotional exercises were 
conducted by R. D. Carroll, after which the Association was 
called to order by the moderator. The minutes of the pre- 
vious day were read and approved. 



REPORT ON HOPEWELL CHURCH. 

Report was read by J. W. Whitley, which recommended 
the reception of the church. The report was followed by a 
lengthy review of the work at Hopewell by W. 'A. Hough 
and the recent tent meeting resulting in the organization 
of the new church there. Report was adopted and the hand 
of fellowship extended to the delegates by the moderator. 
The delegates were W. R. Small, T. B. White and G. W. 
Gurley. 

We, the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, which was organ- 
ized on September 10, 1914, by a presbytery, consisting of Rev. 
C. J. Black, moderator. Rev. C. B. Austin, clerk, Rev. W. C. Hough, 
reading clerk. Rev. W. J. Wyatt and several deacons from Cornelius 
Baptist Church and the Mooresville Baptist Church, having adopted 
the New Hampshire declaration of faith and church covenant, do 
humbly ask to be admitted as a member of the Mecklenburg and 
Cabarrus Association. 

We have now 44 members, 15 of whom are by baptism. 

T. B. WHITE, 
G. W. GURLEY, 
W. R. SMALL, Delegates. 

The committee to whom this letter was addressed, com- 
posed of J. W. Whitley, R. D. Carroll and R. D. Cross, re- 
ported unanimously for the reception of the church into 
the Association, which was adopted. 

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REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

The report was taken up pending the coming of Arch- 
ibald Johnson, of Thomasville, who was expected to speak 
on the work of the orphanage. The report was read by S. J. 
Beeker and followed with discussion by G. V. Tilley, R. D. 
Cross and W. A. Smith. Report v/as adopted. 

Jesus said, "Lift up your eyes, behold the fields are white unto 
harvest." Th's statement was never more true than at the present 
with reference to cur Foreign work in Brazil, China and other cl 
our Foreign fields. During the past year the war clouds have huu? 
heavily over Mexiczo. Our workers have tean forced to comvV 
home, but now they are returnirg to take up their work once more. 
Africa, Italy and Japan have felt the influence of the long seige and 
the outlook is brightening. 

The past year has been by far the best in the history of the 
Southern Baptist Conventicn. Four thousand five hundred and 
thirty-two persons were baptized. This was an increase of about 
300 over last year, or more than one-third as m.any were baptized 
in our State with her 2,000 churches and 1,200 preachers. The 
Foregn Mission report presented to the last Convention this sig- 
nificant statement: "After working as a convention fifty years we 
reported in 1895 a total enrollment of 3,493 communicants in our 
churches in foreign lands and now to have more than that number 
join us in one year m^akes us take fresh courage and press forward 
v^ith renewed zeal." For surely no Christian can read this story 
of divine blessing and witness this seal of divine approval without 
feeling the thrill of a new purpose in his soul. 

Marvelous opportunities lie out before us. 

All things seem to be working together to present to the Baptists 
of the South the crowning missionary opportunity of their history. 
Keathen nations are realizing that their idols are lifeless, that 
their long cherished traditions are false, that their religions are 
power-less to save, and they are ready to be won to the Christ of 
hope, love and life. 

Political conditions ave so changed that foreign nations instead 
of opposing, welcome the coming of our missionaries and invite 
their help in solving national problem.s. Not long since the offi- 
cials of China startled the world by calling Christians to their 
knees in the interest of the Chinse :^epublic. The present' great 
European war will call home thousands of foreigners who if we 
here given them the Gospel will go as non-salaried missionaries 
of the cross of Jesus. Our foreign population is always a mis- 

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sionary opportunity spelled in CAPITALS if ^\e evangelize tl'sm, 
or a MENACE to our customs, laws and religion if we do not. 
Every year thousands of tliem return to their native lands. If 
they have found Christ they will go back to preach H-s Gospel, 
build churches and evangelize their native lands. Thic aiter a;l is 
the best evangelization. 

It is a sad fact that so few of cur people are really and truly 
interested in world evangelism. Of the 2,021 churches in- our State 
there are 602 which gave nothing to this great work last year. 
Fully one-third of our people are doing nothing. This really con- 
fctitutes the Foreign Mission problem of North Carolina Baptists. 
Last year the Board had to report a debt of $76,400. This will make 
it im^possible for the Board in this hour of unparalleled opportunity 
to make the advancement so miuch needed, and this calamity is 
upon us because this 600 and others like them faltered. 

It is Y/ith pardonable pride we state after leaving out the 600 
churches who did nothing. North Carolina Baptists paid in full the 
apportionment of $50,000 last year. This v/as an increase of about 
fifteen per cent over the previous year. 

Cur Association last year gave $2,344, or 'a fraction over fifty 
cents per m.ember to this great work. This year we have given 
$2,010.01. We are not giving in proportion to our income and it 
little becomics us to boast of our 4,644 Baptists in this Association 
until we as a denomination begin to m^easure up to our duty in 
Christian steYs^ardship. 

1. We would recommiond that we make an advance of not less 
than $500 in our offering next year. 

2. That we emphasize again and again the necessity of sys- 
tematic giving until our people hear and heed the call of the 
Master. 

3. That our pastors and people preach and practice Christian 
steY'ardship in our churches. 

4. That with a dying world needing the message of life and an 
cpen door before us, we hear ti e command of our sovereign Lord 
and "quit ourselves Ike men. Respectfully submitted, 

SQUIRE J. BEEKER, 



REPORT ON THE ORPHANAGE. 

The report was read by D. F. Helms and discussion fol- 
lowed by Archibald Johnson. Preceding the discussion S F. 
Conrad, the clerk, stated that the increase of contributions 
this year over last were $243.84, the amount last year being 
$920.00 and this year $1,164.56. Remarks were made by 

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"W. A. Smith, E. W. Sykes and L. R. Pruett. Report was 
adopted. Association then adjourned by singing the Dox- 
ology, and the benediction by E. W. Sikes. 

The care of the unfortunate is a natural and fundamental ex- 
pression of Christianity. Jesus was in his ministry what he would 
have us t6. He emphasized things fundamental and cast the pro- 
gram for all ages. He glorified childhood and so related his gospel 
to the physical wants of life that we cannot hope to save the soul 
unless we also provide for the body. 

So far Orphanage work has been the principal form of our 
benevolence largely because it has been showing the most tangible 
results. It has been said by some that it is necessary only to let 
the people know the needs of the Orphanage and they will be sup- 
plied. The coming year will show whether this is true or not. 
With only four hundred and thirty children we have fallen behind. 

Children are already being received at the Kennedy Home. With- 
in a short while there will be more than fifty children there. The 
Miles Durham nursery for very small children, at Thomasville, will 
be 'Completed before -the winter months. If this is filled with chil- 
dren and we provide for those that are being received at the Ken-, 
nedy home, the current expenses must \^e increased $10,000 over 
last year. It means that we mmst increase our contributions to this 
most worthy and needy cause at least 25 per cent. Will this As- 
sociation not go on record favoring this additional increase? 

Among North Carolina Baptists nothing has so enlisted men and 
women in the work of the kingdom as the Orphanage work. It has 
been the agency for the promotion of harmony, liberality and con- 
secration. Thus in the larger work of the kingdom the little child 
Is the leader. 

Since the reception of the first child, November 11, 1885, 1,516 
have been enrolled and the present number is 430 (with about 500 
by the end of the year.) Average cost per child $107.64 a year. The 
health record of the children for the past year has been remarkable, 
there being no deaths and few cases of serious illness. 

Large and valuable additions are being made to the plant at 
Thomasville. A modern dairy barn has been completed. This de- 
partment of our work along with the various other industrial 
features are to be emphasized. A splendid auditorium will be com- 
pleted within a year. The erecetion of this important and greatly 
needed building v/as made possble by the bequest of the late Dr. 
S. W. Little of Davie county, whose honored name it will bear. 
Three new school rooms have been added with improvements on 
the old school building. A tenth grade has been put in the school 

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course for the purpose of giving those who leave us a better prep- 
aration for life's struggles. 

We would again urge and recommend: 

1. That every Sunday School set aside one Sunday in each 
month as Orphanage Day. 

2. A club of Charity and Children in each Sunday School and an 
Indivdual copy to pastors and all homes that are not iepr€£G-ted 
in the Sunday School. 

3. A liberal Thanksgiving offering emphasizing the importance 
of "WORK DAY," giving not less than, one day's work to the Or- 
phanage. We would suggest that in many churches it is best to 
i.elect a Sunday nearest Thanksgiving day to hold this special 
service. This can be done to advantage on country fields. 

Finally, brethren, let us constantly keep in mmd the appeal of 
the LARGER ORPHANAGE and remember as we save the child 
we not only save the State but we save ourselves and in doing this 
we find our greatest happiness. Respectfully submitted, 

D. F. HELMS. 



EEPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

The report on Temperance was read by R. D. Carroll, 
which he discussed, and was followed by S. P. Conrad, who 
offered a resolution, which he discussed in connection with 
the report on Temperance. Remarks were made by W. A. 
Smith, J. P. Davis and S. J. Beeker. By request of J. F. 
Davis, "W. A. Smith led the Association in prayer. S. J. 
Beeker requested that W. A. Smith write an article for the 
press of Virginia on the liquor .question in view of the pend- 
ing election in Virginia. The report and resolutions were 
adopted. 

Resolutions offered by S. F. Conrad as to the Intershipment of 
Liquor from other States and its use in drug stores: 

Resolved, That this Association give its most hearty co-opera- 
tion with the Antisaloon League to cut out the shipment of liquor 
into this State from other States, and that the club system as now 
legalized is a violation of the principle of prohibiten and should be 
abolished. 

Resolved 2nd, That we favor that the most rigid restrictions and 
penalties be enacted as to the violation of the State law, and that 
drug stores should not be allowed to handle intoxicating liquors to 
fill the prescriptions of physicians, and that the uses of alcohol in 
its various forms be restricted to th€ lowest minimum point possible 
as to its mechanical uses. 

The resolutions were discussed by its author and others and' 

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unanimously adopted. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

As- in many other good things, our Baptist people have been in 
the very forefront of the temperance movement in North Carolina. 
They are still in the fight, to stay to the last ditch. 

While there have been many triumphs and victories, a continuous 
battle needs to be waged. Every fiber, of our Baptist life and civil- 
ization rebels against the liquor business, whether conducted in a 
legalized saloon or in an outlawed "blind tiger." We who toiled 
and struggled and suffered for the victory of May 26, 1908, must kepp 
our armor buckled on, must oppose the enem.y at every point of 
attack, and "where duty calls or danger be never wanting there." 

The progress in Temperance reform has been great. The traffic 
lias been outlawed. The politician has been put out of business and 
dram-drinking discouraged till all decent and good people are 
ashamed to be known as tipplers. Public sentiment is strong 
against the crim-e of selling liquor, and the courts are proecuting 
euch criminals and sending them to the roads. We now have all 
the law we need on the liquor question in North Carolina. But 
there are some others that v/e do need: 

1. A better, fuller, more complete and efficient enforcement of 
th laws we already have. 

2. As v/e elect men to fill the different offices in our tov/ns, 
cities and State to see that only good straightforward prohibi- 
tionists are elected. 

3. Rapidly as possible to create a larger constituency, which 
Khali support our officers and courts; and which shall make it 
hard as possible for our boys and young men to drink, and make it 
easy as possible for those v/ho do drink to quit. Then, following 
in the natural order, 

4. We need a revival of respect for the law. 

5. V7e should as far as possible use all legitimate ways and 
means to have every inch of ground over w^hich the American flag 
floats brought under the control of the best prohibition law in the 
world. Respectfully, 

R. D. CARROLL. 

The program for next session was announced by the 
moderator which appears in the minutes preceding the re- 
port of the Association. 

R. D. Cross moved that a committee be appointed to 
report at next session on the State of Religion among the 
Churches. The motion was adopted and the moderator ap- 
■pr^^^-+o^ T T T7"r,7pii aji(j Ji J) 'Cross and by motion the mod- 
ierator, L. R. Pruett, was added to the committee. 

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TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING AND 



PREACHER. 

Committee reported Arlington, Tuesday night before the 
3rd Sunday in September, 1915. Preacher, G. V. Tilley; W. 
A. Hough, alternate. 
DELEGATES TO STATE CONVENTION AT RALEIGH. 

Committee reported W. F. Dowd, J. C. Gillespie, T. J. 
Renfrow and W. A. Smith. 
DELEGATES TO SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION. 

Committee reported R. D. Carroll, T. J. Renfrow alter- 
nate. 

Committee to select Historian reported L. R. Pruett, the 
moderator. On motion of W. A. Sm_ith that the Association 
agrees to meet any expense that may be incurred in its pre- 
paration. 



TO NOMINATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. 

The committee reported L. R. Pruett, W. A. Smith, J. W. 
"Whitley, T. J. Renfrow and W. M. Vines. 

Vote of Thanks. J. F. Davis moved that a vote of 
thanks be extended to the Kannapolis church and the com- 
munity for the generous hospitality extended to the Asso- 
ciation. The motion called forth a large number of expres- 
sions of appreciation vdiich showed that the delegates were 
well cared for. The motion was unanimously adopted by a 
rising vote. 

The Asociation closed vdth one of the best sessions yet 
held and the delegates remained in large number to the 
close of the session. The Association closed with prayer 
and benediction by the pastor of Kannapolis church, S. J. 
Becker. 

The next- session wUl be held vrith Arlington church, 
beginning Tuesday night after the 2nd Sunday in Septem- 
ber, 1915. 



A SHORT REVIEW OF THE ASSOCIATION BY 
THE CLERK. 

The Association was m.ore largely attended than perhaps 
any previous sesion, yet the representation by the First 
Church of Charlotte, with over a thousand members, had 
one delegate only besides its pastor. 

Two churches had no delegates, Clear Creek and Union 

23 



Grove. If all the churches had pursued this policy the 
Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Association would soon go out 
of business. 

Our net gain in membership this year is- 614, the largest 
gain ever reported. 

The number of Baptisms this year was 353, the largest 
number ever reported at any previous session. 

The aggregate of contributions for all objects this year 
is $53,364.54. Based upon the membership reported last 
year will make an average of $11.51 per capita for the entire 
Association. 

Our per capita contributions for Missions embracing 
State, Home and Foreign, which includes the Judson Me- 
memorial Fund, will give us a per capita contribution of 
$3.46 and a fraction over. 

We gave for our Orphanage this year $1,183,98, against 
$920.00 last year— a gain of $263.98. " 

There is great improvement in the compilation of the 
church letters, yet much improvement can be made as to 
fullness and accuracy of figures. Let the letters be made out 
several days before the Association and sent into the clerk.. 
It greatly aids in gathering material for information. 



SUNDAY SCHOOL OFFICERS AND ADDRESSES. 

SUPERINTENDENTS AND POSTOPPICES. 

Arlnigton — ^F. A. Hamilton, Route 11, Charlotte, N. C. 
Clear Creek— H. W. Pigg, Unionville, N. C. 
Cornelius — C. B. Mooney, Davidon, N. C. 
Chadwick— J. W. Rodgers, R. F. D., Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, First Church— V. J. Guthery, Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, P. Memorial — W. F. Dowd, Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, Ninth Avenue — Fred Conrad, Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, Allen Street— P. N. Martin, Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, North— D. V. Rollins, North Charlotte, N. C. 
Concord, First Church — P. H, Biggers, Concord, N. C. 
Concord, McGill Street — C. E. Herring, Concord, N. C. 
Concord, West — J. R. Haney, Concord, N, C. 
Friendship — A. C.« Fisher, Route 4, Charlotte, N, C. 
Huntersville, (Union) — 
Hopewell — 

Independence Hill — J. R. Adkins, Derita, N. C. 
Kannapolis — E. F. Carter, Kannapolis, N. C. 
Matthews— J. W. Phillips, Matthews, N. C. 
Newell — Cleve Kerr, Newell, N. C. 
Oak Grove — B. M. Potts, Fineville, N. C. 
Pleasant Plain — J. H. Wilson, Matthews, N. C. 
Rockwell — A. P. Sweet, Route 4, Mooresville, N. C. 

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Stough Memorial — H. M. Stroup, Pineville, N. C. 
Tbrift— W. A. PaysGur, Paw Creek, N. C. 
Union Grove — Fred Hastings, Huntersville, N, C. 
Wilson Grove — T. E. Pigg, Route 9, Charlotte, N. C. 

SECRETARIES AND THEIR ADDRESSES. 

Arlington— L. J. Miller, Route 11, Charlotte, N. C. 
Clear Creek — T. V. Ferguson, Route 11, Charlotte, N. C. 
Cornelius — Paul Readling, Cornelius, N. C. 
Chadwick— J. W. Gaddy, Chadwick, N. C. 
Charlotte, First Church — E. B. Howell, Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, P. Memorial — A. C. Porter, Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, Ninth Avenue— J. H. Fidler, Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, Allen Street— J. W. Watkins, Charlotte, N. C. 
Charlotte, North— W. L. Hope, Charlotte, N. C. 
Concord, First Church— F. L. Corzine, Concord, N, C. 
Concord, McGill Street — Johnny Tucker, Concord, N. C. 
Concord, West— P. R. Hill, Concord, N. C. 
Friendship- L. W. Walker, Route 4, Charlotte, N. C. 
Huntersville, (Union) — 
Hopewell — 

Independence Hill — C. S. Davis, Route 7, Charlotte, N. C. 
Kannapolis^ — T. A. Davis, Kannapolis, N. C. 
Matthews — E. A. Funderburk, Matthews, N. C. 
Newell — W. L. Austin, Newell, N. C. , 
Oak Grove — Miss Mabel Withers, Pineville, N. C. 
Pleasant Plain — Miss Tommie McLeod, Matthews, N. C. 
Rockwell — F. S. Jones, R. F. D., Mooresville, N. C. 
Stough Memorial — F. A. Lyles, Pineville, N. C, — 1st and 3rd Sundays 
Thrift— S. M. Thomas, Paw Creek, N. C. 
Wilson Grove — Clayton Huger, Huntersville, N. C. 
Wilson Grove— G. W. Stegall, Route 9, Charlotte, N. C. 



PASTOE-S AND TIME OF PREACHING. 

AT-lington — 2nd Sunday 

Clear Creek- D. F. Helms, Charlotte, N. C 2nd and 4th Sundays 

Cornelius — W. A. Haugh, Cornelius, N. C 2nd and 4th Sundays 

Chadwick— (Chadwick), Charlotte, N. C, J. C. Gillespie Weekly 

Charlotte, First Church— Dr.W. M. Vines, Charlotte, N. C.__Weekly 

Charlotte, P. Memorial— W. A. Smith, Charlotte, N. C Weekly 

Charlotte, Ninth Avenue— L. R. Pruett, Charlotte, N. C Weekly 

Charlotte, Allen Str-eet- R. D. Carroll, Charlotte, N. C Weekly 

Charlotte, North — E. S. Ivorj^ North Charlotte, N. C Weekly 

Concord, First Church— G. V. Tilley, Concord, N. C. ; Weekly 

Concord, McGill Street — J. W. Whitley, Concord, N. C Weekly 

Concord, West — J. W. Snyder, Concord, N. C Weekly 

Friendship — L. M. Hobbs, Belmont, N. C 2nd and 4th Sundays 

Huntersville — W. A. Hough, Cornelius, N. C 1st and 3rd Sundays 

Hopewell — W. A. Hough, Cornelius, N. C, 

Independence Hill — ^A. S. Combs, Newell, N. C.__2nd and 4th Sundays 

Kannapolis — ^S. J. Beeker, Kannapolis, N. C Weekly 

Matthews — R. D. Cross, Matthews, N. C Weekly 

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Newell — A. S. Combs, Newell, N. C 1st and 3rd Sundays 

Oak Grove — P. M. Lyles, Pineville, N. C 1st and 3rd Sundays 

Pleasant Plain — R, D. Cross, Matthews, N. C.__lst and 3rd Sundays 

Rockwell — ^^W. A. Hough, Cornelius, N. C. 2nd and 4th Sundays 

Stough Memorial — P. M. Lyles, Pineville, N. C.__lst and 3rd Sundays 

Thritt— S. P. Conrad, Charlotte, N. C 2nd and 4th Sundays 

Union Grove — W. A. Hough, Cornelius, N. C 2nd Sundays 

Wilson Grove — R. D. Cross, Matthews, N. C 2nd and 4th Sundays 



CMUECH GLEREB AND POSTOFFIOES. 

Arlington— W. A. Connell, Route 11, Charlotte, N. C. 

Clear Creek— L. S. Plgg, Unionville, N. C. 

Cornelius — C. B. Mooney, Davidson, N. C. 

Chadwick— C. H. Bogan, (Chadwick), Charlotte, N. C. 

Chailotte, First Church— A. S. Reed, Charlotte, N. C. 

Charlotte, P. Memorial— J. J. Ezzell, Charlotte, N. C. 

Charlotte, Ninth Avenue — Fred S. Conrad, Charlotte, N. C. 

Charlotte, Alien Street — Lackey Allen, Charlotte, N, C. 

Chaj-lotte, North— D. V. Rollins, Charlotte, N. C. 

Concord, First Church — Dr. H. C. Herring, Concord, N. C. 

Concord, McGill Street — Grady Blackwelder, Concord, N. C. 

Concord, West— G. Yi, Miller, Concord, N. C. 

Friendship — Dawson Mitchell, Route 4, Charlotte, N. C. 

Kuntersville — S. L. Mullen, Huntersvilie. N, C 

Hopewell — 

Independence Hill — C. S. Davis, Route 7, Charlotte, N. C. 

Kannapolis — J. W. Bounds, Kannapolis, N. C. 

Matthev/s — T. J, Renfrow, Matthews, N. C. 

Newell — A. B. Jourdan, Derita, N. C. 

Oak Grove — M. A. Edwards, Pineville, N. C. 

Pleasant Plain— J. B. Broom, R. P. D., Matthews, N. C. 

Rockwell — G. E. Smith, Mooresville, N. C. 

Stough Memorial — W. T. Griffin, Pineville, N. C. 

Thrift— R. C. Hansell, Paw Creek, N. C. 

Union Grove — Hampton Hastings, Huntersvilie, N. C. 

Wilson Grove— T. E. Pigg, Route 9, Charlotte, N. C. 



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MINUTE FUND. 

Arlington __$ .65 

Clear Creek 2.00 

Cornelius 2.50 

Chadwick 3.00 

Charlotte, First Church 10.00 

Charlotte, P. Memorial 5.00 

Charlotte, Ninth Avenue 5.00 

Charlotte, Allen Street 4.10 

Charlotte, North 2.00 

Concord, First Church 2.00 

Concord, McGill Street 3.60 

Concord, West 2.80 

Friendship 1. 00 

Huntersville 

Hopewell 

Independence Hill 2.00 

Kannapclis 2.70 

Matthews 3.00 

Newell 1.10 

Oak Grove 2.10 

Pleasant Plain 1.00 

Stough Memorial 2.00 

Thrift 1.80 

Union Grove • -- 

Wilson Grove 2.00 

Rockwell 1.00 

Total $62 35 



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Charlotte, First Church ^^_ _ 

Charlotte, Pritchard Memorial 

Charlotte, Ninth Avenue 

Charlotte, Allen Street 

Charlotte, North 

Concord, First Church __ __ 
Concord, McGill Street __ __ 

Concord, West 

Friendship 

Huntersville (union) 

Hopewell 

Independence Hill __ 

Kannapolis 

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Oak Grove 

Pleasant Plain __ 

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Stough Memorial 

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Union Grove 

Wilson Grove __' __ 



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123 


6 


60 


66 


8 


160 


168 


15 


220 


235 


28 


750 


778 


16 


290 


306 


14 


375 


389 


17 


295 


312 


13 


143 


156 


4 


123 


127 


13 


351 


364 


16 


200 


216 


4 


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70 


1 
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16 


412 


4281 


8 


100 


108j 


6 


40 


461 


11 


57 


68 


7 


50 


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108 


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12 


181 


193 


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8 


72.60 


23 


42.25 




203.94 


29 


224.43 


9 


25.52 




11.50 


12 


8.00 


20 


114.311 


8 


25.001 


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3.95 
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15.00 



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21.35 


25.00 


22.50 


191.08 




108.20 




50.00 




49.53 


129.53 


3.60 


38.63 


66.00 


82.80 




5.00 


22.01 


72.44 


5.00 




9.15 


5.25 





30.00 


8.00 




8.65 




7.35 


3.40 


1.15 




608.38 


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6.00 
125.31 

89.38 
884.45 
468.98 
230.00 
301.66 

89.58 
148.80 
276.88 
140.54 

16.50 



26.35 
124.81 

55.00 

52.71 
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47.29 
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CHURCHES 



Arlington 

Clear Creek __ __ __ __ 

Corneiius _. 

"^ Chadwick 

--^ Charlotte, First Cliurch 

V Charlotte, Pritchard Memorial 

'^^ Charlotte, Ninth Avenue . 

•v.- Charlotte, Allien Street . 

v^ Charlotte, North __ __ __ __ 

Concord, Fir^t Church __ __ 

Concord, McGill Street __ __ 

Concord, West __ 

Friendship __ __ __ __ __ __ 

Huntersville 

Hopewell 

Independence HU __ __ __ __ 

Kannapolis __ 

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Pleasant Plain 

Rockv/ell 

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Wilson Grove 





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100,000.00 


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16.,000.00 


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22,000.00 


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1,500.00 


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7,725.00 


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5,000.00 


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1,800.00 


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8,000.00 


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6.000.00 


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1,000.00 


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1,000.00 


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1,000.00 


300 


1,500.00 


350 


2,000.00 


350 


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332 
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350.00 

500.00 

4000.00 

1800.00 

1500.00 

758.92 

688.91 

1000.00 

316.67 

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50.00 

175.00 
600.00 
500.00 

60.00 
362.50 
225.00 
125.00 
262.50 
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333.37 

35.00 

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421.48 

275.38 

1707.98 

754.14 

762.71 

337.01 

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641.45 

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64.53 

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128.57 

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38.58 

668.37 

269.53 

180.00 

72.60 

42.35 

148.80 

229.43 

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305.58 


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382.65 


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IT FOR LESS. We visit Northern markets every month 
and in this way pick up every bargain offered and when 

we buy a bargain we sell one^ 

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MINUTES 



OF THE 



Thirtieth Annual Session 



OFTHB 



Mecklenburg-Cabarrus Association 




HELD WITH THE 

Arlington Baptist Church 

Septembcf H and 15 
J9J5 




The next session will be held with the Oak Grove Baptist 
Church, Pineville. N. C, beginning Tuesday after the sec- 
ond Sunday in September, 1916, at 7:30 P. M., Rev. R. D. 
Carroll to preacli the introductory sermon : Rev. J. W. 
Whitley, alternate* ^. 




MINUTES 



OF THE 



Thirtieth Annual Session 



OF THE 



Mecklenburg-Cabarrus AssoGlation 



HELD WITH THE 



Arlington Baptist Church 

September H and 15 



1915 



The next session will be held with the Oak Grove Baptist 
Church, Pineville. N. C, beginning Tuesday after the sec- 
ond Sunday in September, 1916, at 7:30 P. M., Rev. R. D. 
Carroll to preach the introductory sermon : Rev. J. W. 
Whitley, alternate. 



times-Tribune Press, Concord, N. c. 



OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. ! 

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Moderator — L. R. Pruett, Ninth avenue, Charlotte, N. C. ) 

Clerk — J. W. Whitley, 354 North Kerr street, Concord, N. C. \ 

EXECUTIVE BOARD. ^ 

L. R. Pruett. Dr. W. M. Vines. W. A. Smith. j 

J. J. EzelL J. W. Whitley- | 

ORDAINED MINISTERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. 

Austin, D. M., Charlotte, N. C. 

Beeker, S. J., Kannapolis, N. C. ■ 

Carroll, R. D., Charlotte, N. C. i 
Conrad, S. P., Charlotte, N. C. 

Cross, R. D., Matthews, N. C. " ; 

Davenport, J. E. M., Pineville, N. C. • 

Helms, D. P., Charlotte, N. C. J 

Helms, P: C, Charlotte, N. C. < 

Hough, W. A., Cornelius, N. C. ( 

Ivery, W. S., North Charlotte, N. C. 1 

King, P. D., Charlotte, N. C. \ 

Lyles, P. A. Pineville, N. C. 1 

Phillips, T. B., Charlotte, N. C. \ 

Pruett, L. R., Charlotte, N. C. '^ 

Smith, W. A., Charlotte, N. C. ^ 

Snyder, J. W., Concord, N. C. " 

Spaulding, J. H., (Chadwick) Charlotte, N. C. ' 

Stephens, W. A., Mars Hill, N. C. * 

Tedder, D. A., Charlotte, N. C; ] 

TiUey, Geo. V., Concord, N. C. i 

Vines, Dr. W. M., Charlotte, N. C. I 

Whitley, J. W., Concord, N. C. l 



PROGRAMME FOR THE NEXT SESSION. 

To write on State Missions — R. D. Carroll. ] 

To write on Home Missions — W. M. Vines. '^ 

To write on Foreign Missions — R. D. Cross. j 
To write on The Orphanage — G. V. Tilley. 

To write on Christian Education — W. A. Smith. ■ 

To write on Periodicals — P. A. Lyles. \ 

To write on Sunday schools — S. J. Beeker. " 

To write on Temperance — S. P. Conrad. i 

To write on Woman's Work — Mrs. J. D. Withers. ' 

To write on Old Minister's Relief— E. S. Ivery. j 
To write on State of Churches — J. W. Van Hov. 



BY-LAWS. 



1. The daily session of the Association shall be opened and 
closed with prayer. 

2. Delegates shall be recognized by letters from their churches, 
designating them as such, 

3. The Moderator shall recognize corresponding messengers 
or the delegates of newly-received Churches by extending to them 
his right hand of fellowship. 

4. The Clerk shall provide blank letters for the use of the 
Churches of the Association previous to the meeting of the Asso- 
ciation, superintend the publication and distribution of the min- 
utes, preserve a file of them and have it present at each annual 
session, read the proceedings of the preceding session at the begin- 
ning of each morning session, and the last day's proceedings at the 
close of the annual session. 

5. Members desiring to speak shall first rise and address the 
Moderator; shall use the term '^brother," in speaking to each' 
other; shall not speak on the same subject more than twice with- 
out permission, and shall observe the courtesy that becomes Chris- 
tians. 

6. Members shall not absent themselves from the session with- 
out permission of the association. 

7. A copy of the Minutes shall be sent to the Secretary of the 
State Mission Board, also a copy to the Secretary of the Southern 
Baptist Convention, and one to the American Baptist Publication 
Society, 1420 Chestnut street, Philadelphia, and one to the Field 
Secretary for Sunday Schools in North Carolina. 

8. All questions of order not herein provided shall be decided 
by '^Parliamentary Law." 

9. The report of the Executive Board and the mission work of 
the Association with short reports from the missionaries shall take 
precedence of all other business during the morning session of the 
second day of the annual session. 

ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

12. The general order of business shall be: 

(1) Enrollment of delegates. 

(2) Election of officers. 

(3) Petitionary letters. 

(4) Appointment of Committees for this session. 

(5) Appointment of standing committees. 

(6) Report of special committees. 

(7) Reports of standing committees. 

(8) Report of other committees. 

(9) Miscellaneous business. 



REPORT OF THE ASSOCIATION. 



The Mecklenburg-Cabarrus Association met in its 
thiriieth session with the Arlington Baptist Church on 
Tuesday morning, September 14, 1915. The devotional 
exercises were led by Rev. M. L. Kestler. He read 2 
Cor. the 8tli chapter and emphasized the grace of syste- 
matic giving. 

Introductory Service. 

The Scripture lesson, 1 John 3d chapter was read by 
R. D. Carroll. We were then lead in prayer by W. A. 
Smith. The sermon was preached by Rev. Geo. V. Tilley, 
of the First Church of Qoncord, from 1 John 3 :2. 

Prayer was offered by M. h. Kestler. 

The Moderator, Rev. L. R. Pruett, gave a brief historical 
sketch of the Baptists in our Association, reminding us that 
we were not far from the spot where our Association had 
its birth. He then called the Association to order for organ- 
ization. 

, On motion of Dr. W. M. Vines, L. R. Pruett was re- 
elected to succeed himself. 

On motion of R. D. Cross, J. W. Whitley was put in 
nomination for clerk. On motion of J. W. Whitley, S. F. 
Conrad v/as put in nomination for clerk to succeed himself. 
A ballot was ihen taken and J. W. Whitley was declared 
elected. 

On motion, J. J. Ezell was elected treasurer to succeed 
himself. 

The suggested programme failing to meet the desires 
of all the brethren, our Moderator appointed the following- 
committee on order of business : R. D. Cross, D. F. Helms, 
T. D. Maness. 

The committee on credentials was announced : S. J. 
Becker, J. W. Snyder and J. A. Durham. 



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The Committee on Order of Business made the follow- 
lowing partial report: 1:30-1:45 Devotional; 1:45-2:30 Re- 
port on Orphanage ; 2 :30-3 :00 Report on Periodicals ; 3 :00- 
3 :45 Foreign Missions. 

The Credential Committee made the following partial 
report : 

Brethren, we, your Committee on New Churches, have 
met with the delegate from the Howell's Baptist Church 
cind have read her letter of dismission from the Stanly Bap- 
tist Association. Wt advise her reception at once as she 
is returning to her first love. 

On motion the report was adopted. Our Moderator then 
extended the right hand of fellowship to her delegate, T. D. 
Joyner. 

On motion, the Association adjourned one hour for 
dinner. 

After the noon hour we reassembled, sang a hymn and 
were led in prayer by R. D. Carroll. 

Our Moderator then recognized M. L. Kestler of our 
Orphanage ; Rev. J. H. Spaulding, the ncAV pastor of Chad- 
wick Church; Rev. J. W. Watson, of Charlotte; D. L. 
Probert, Secretary of the Y. M. C. A., of Charlotte. 

The regular order of business was then taken up. 

THE REPORT ON OUR ORPHANAGE. 

The report was read by J. W. Whitley, which is as fol- 
lows : 

Our Orphanage is the keynote in the arch of Christian 
service. If this stone is properly placed all the others in 
the arch will hold firm ; if it is improperly placed the whole 
structure is in danger. 

Love fo'r the Orphanage among our brethren is intense 
but not universal. The great need is to lay upon the heart 
of every church and Sunday school the Orphanage obliga- 
tion. ' If this consummation is ever reached the problem for 
ample support for the institution will be solved. 

Owing to the large advance that has been made within 



the pas': year the Orphanage is heavily in debt. This brings 
the unpleasant necessity of making a large outlay for . 
interest on borrowed money, which goes to banks instead 
of to the children. This ought not so to be. We are abund- 
antly able lo pay every dollar the institution owes this 
year, and if able, we ought to be willing. 

It is proposed to our people that the income of one day 
be sacredly set aside, at or near Thanksgiving Day, and 
devoted to the Orphanage. If this would seize the hear.s 
of our people, and every man, woman and child would 
enter heartily into this loving service, every dollar of debt 
would be wiped out, and the institution would be free from 
I he bondage that now hampers its work and curtails its 
usefulness. 

We earnestly urge every member of the churches of this 
Association to join this ''work da}^" movement and give the 
proceeds of one day's labor or income to the Orphanage. 
We may do more but we should not do less. 

Every Sunday school ought to set aside one Sunday in 
each month as Orphanage day and give the members an 
opportunity to make a contribution to the Orphanage. Only 
a little over one-third of our Baptist Sunday schools arc 
enrolled among this loyal band of monthly givers. 

Every Sunday school ought to take a club of Charit}/ 
and Children and an individual copy for pastors and homes 
that are not represented in the Sunday school. The paper 
is the right arm of the institution, and aside from the infor- 
mation and inspiration it furnishes, produces a good divi- 
dend for the support of the Orphanage. 

During its thirty years of continued growth the insti- 
tution has sheltered and trained over 1600 boys and girls, 
who are now out in the State as teachers, preachers, doctors, 
printers, farmers, business men and fathers and mothers of 
happy homes. There are nine in various colleges and about 
a dozen in the denominational high schools. The present 
number is 500 — 450 at Thomasville, 50 at Kennedy Home — 
with an average cost of $113.28 per child or 31 cents the 
day, aggregating an annual cost of $56,640.00. 

Our Orphanage has been enlarged and still the task 
looms before us as just begun. We urge every member of 
this Association that they regard the Orphanage in larger 



terms as an opportunity unparallelled. This waiting door 
stands too wide for "same as last year" contributions to 
ever satisfy any working body of Baptists. 
Your committee recommend : 

1. A liberal Thangsgiving offering emphasizing the im- 
portance of ''WORK DAY," giving not less than one day's 
labor or income to the Orphanage. 

2. That every Sunday school will sacredly set apart 
the collection of one Sunday in each month for the support 
of the Orphanage. 

3. That every Sunday school take a club of Charity and 
Children. 

J. W. WHITLEY. 

It was discussed by M. L. Kestler, J. W. Whitley, J. A. 
Durham. T. S. Franklin, H. M. Stroup, J. AV. Snyder, J. H. 
Spaulding, J. L. Blackman, D. F. Helms, R. D. Mooney, j. 
C. Bost, J. W. Phillips and W. A. Smith. 

On motion, the report was adopted. 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

The report was read by S. J. Beeker, and discussed by 
S. J. Beeker and Dr. H. C. Moore. On motion, the report 
was adopted. 

Well has it been said that what the secular paper is to 
the community and to the State, the religious paper is to 
the Church and to the Church work. The man who does 
not read the secular paper cannot reach the highest degree 
of citizenship, just so the church-member who does not 
read the religious paper cannot attain the highest efficiency 
as a Christian. Religious literature is needed not only as 
a healthy stimulant and source of strength for ourselves 
and children, but also to help counteract the harmful effects 
brought about by the flood of unsound literature that is 
pouring in upon us today. 

We are especially fortunate in haAdng just at hand the 
literature needed for ourselves and our children. 

The Biblical Recorder after eighty-one years of con- 
tinual service is thoroughly Biblical in its teaching and a 



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faithful Recorder of the news of the Kingdom. It under- 
takes lo be fraternal but is unflinchingly loyal to Baptist 
doctrine, devoted to Baptist agencies, stimulating ihe Bap- 
tist progress, and expressive of Baptist life. 

Charity and Children is more than just a means of in- 
formation about our Orphanage. We should like to see it 
more of a child's paper with some continued stories making- 
it appeal to our child life and thus correlating it with the 
Recorder in ils work in the home and church life. 

The Home Field keeps us in touch with the advance- 
ment of the Kingdom in our South land. The Foreign 
Mission Journal gives us a vision of how the battle goes 
in the regions beyond. 

We would link with these the literature and books of 
our own Sunday School Board at Nashville, Tenn., since 
none are either better or cheaper than these and by patron- 
izing our own house we save all profits to our own denom- 
inational work. Respectfully, 

SQUIRE J. BEEKER, Com. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

The report was read by W. A. Smith and was discussed 
by Rev. C. J. Thompson of the Foreign Mission Board. On 
motion the report was adopted. 

The Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist 
Convention is carrying on its work in the following coun- 
tries : China, Africa. Japan, Italy, Mexico, Brazil and 
Argentina. The report of the Foreign Mission Board at 
the Houston Convention shows that there were at that time 
298 missionaries and 651 native helpers at work under the 
auspices of the Board. There Avere, during the year, 5,190 
baptisms. The churches on our mission fields now number 
382 with 819 Out-Stations, having a total membership of 
33,584. It is highly encouraging to note that 56 of our mis- 
sion churches are self-supporting. 

The Foreign Mission Board is also conducting 337 mis- 
sion day schools with an enrollment of 8,427 scholars, 34 
boarding schools with 1,952 scholars, 2 collegres with 392 
students, 5 Women's Training Schools with 200 students, 
and 10 Theological Training Schools with 184 students. 

The receipts of the Board show that the churches of the 



Southern Baptist Convention gave to Foreign Missions last 
year $537,076.66. The Board was forced to report a total in- 
debtedness of $99,898.60, $77,540.33 of which was brought 
over from the year preceeding. The Board is to be con- 
gratulated, however, that leading laymen at the Convention 
expressed the determination to raise this deficit among 
themselves, over and above their regular contributions in 
order that the Board should not be forced to retrench. 

The Board this year is undertaking to raise $624,000 of 
which amount North Carolina is asked for $55,000. Our 
Association gave last year $2,011.01. We have a total mem- 
bership (according to last year's minutes) of 5,111. So it is 
evident that we gave less than forty cents per capita for 
Foreign Missions. Considering the times, the Judson Cen- 
tenial effort has been a great success. It is true the desired 
goal of $1,250,000 by the meeting of the last Convention 
was not reached, but the committee reported $959,077.99 
secured in cash and pledges and the time extended to next 
Convention to complete this noble task. 

Your committee reconimends : 

1. That an every-member canvass for Foreign Missions 
be made in all our churches. This, of course, can be done 
at the same time of such a canvass for all mission and 
church objects. 

2. That the Foreign Mission Journal be given a more 
careful and wider reading by our membership, and that 
tracts on the subject of Foreign Missions be more generally 
and widely distributed. 

3. That a Woman's Missionary Society be organized in 
every church. 

4. That Mission Study Classes be conducted that our 
people may be more definitely informed about our mission 
work and progress. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. A. SMITH. 

Bro. S. F. Conrad made the statement that the printing 
of the programme and the mailing of tlierip: amounted to 
$1.85. An offering was taken which amounted to $2.97. 
Bro. Conrad was paid and the other $1.07 was turned over 
to the Minute Fund. 



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COMMITTEES APPOINTED. 

To nominate the Executive Committee — R. D. Mooney, 
W. A. Martin and J. R. Cauble. 

To nominate delegates to our State Convention — J. P. 
Stroup, C. S. Bost, J. W. Phillips. 

To nominate a delegate to the Southern Baptist Con- 
vention— T. B. Phillips, W. S. Hagler, C. L. Davis. 

Time, Place and Preacher— AV. M. Lyles, H. M. Stroup 
and Bryan Potts. 

Our Moderator recognized the following brethren : Dr. 
Livingston Johnson, Dr. R. T. Vann and J. I. Kendrick. 

The Programme Committee made their final report as 
follows : Wednesday, Devotional Service 9 :30-9 :45 ; Mis- 
cellaneous 9 :45-10 ; State of Churches 10-10 :30 ; State Mis- 
sions 10:30-11:15; Home Missions 11:15-12; Woman's 
Work 12-12:30; 12:30-1:30 dinner; 1:30-1:145 Devotional; 
1 :45-4 Education. 

Thursday, 9-9:30 Devotional; 9:30-10:30 Report on Sun- 
day Schools; 10:30-11 Ministerial Relief; 11-11:30 State of 
Churches ; 11 :30-12 Temperance. 

On motion the Association adjourned until Wednesday at 
9 :30 a. m. Rev. C. J. Thompson dismissed us with prayer. 



WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1915. 

The Association met at 9 :30 a. m., and was led in devo- 
tional worship by Rev. J. PI. Spaulding of the Chadwick 
Church. 

On motion of R. D. Cross, there wall be only one report 
on Education next year and it will be designated as Chris- 
tian Education. It will embrace General Education, Sec- 
ondary School, and Ministerial Education. 

STATE OF CHURCHES. 

The report 'was read by J. J. Ezell and discussed by him. 
On motion the report was adopted which is as follows : 
Your Committee on State of Churches are pleased to 



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report a prosperous year. Many of the churclres have had 
great revivals in which about 1123 were added to the 
churches of our Association. Of this number 596 were bap- 
tized. Thirteen of the churches have preaching every Sun- 
day, eleven have preaching twice per month and three once 
per month. Three are without pastors at the present time. 
The contributions to all objects of the Convention 
amount to $49,453.41. Of this amount, about $44,566.70 wa.: 
contributed by churches in the towns and cities and $4,886.71 
was contributed by churches in the country. Your com- 
mittee believes that the eihciency of some of our churches 
could be greatl}^ enhanced by a better organization of the 
working forces of the church which can best be accom- 
plished under the leadership of a local pastor. We recom- 
mend, therefore, when it is possible, that our country 
churches arrange \o have their pastors live in the commun- 
ity of the church and devote at least half his time to the 
upbuilding of his charge. Our ability to cope with the 
changing conditions that we are facing largely rests with 
our rural churches. We, therefore, urge our churches both 
in town and country to co-operate in a united effort to con- 
serve the standard of religion in our churches, and to de- 
velop and strengthen our membership in the Christian 
graces. Respectfully submitted, 

J. J. EZELL, 
L. R. PRUETT, 

Committee. 
STATE MISSIONS. 

The report was read by G. V. Tilley and was discussed 
by Dr. L. Johnson, Geo. V. Tilley and Dr. R. T. Vann. On 
motion the report was adopted. 

At this juncture Rev. S. T. Conrad offered the following 
resolution : 

Resolved, That we, the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus Associa- 
tion express with an inexpressible sadness the loss of our 
good brother and secretary, Livingston Johnson, from the 
work of our Board and that, in retiring from the office, he 
will carry with him the lasting gratitude of this Association 
and that we will ever pray God's richest blessings upon 
him. 



The resolution was most heartily and enthusiastically 
adopted by a rising vote. While we stood we sang "Blest 
Be the Tie That Binds." Our Moderator then asked Dr. 
W. M. Vines to lead us in prayer that God would bless 
Brother Johnson as he goes and that God's Spirit will lead 
His people as w^e gather in Charlotte within a few months 
to elect Brother Johnson's successor that the right man, 
God's man, may be found. 

The report is as follows: 

Your Committee wishes to confess that sufficient up to 
date information could not be secured to furnish what he 
considers a real report on Siate Missions. A little essay 
on the subject is worthless. 

ChristianHy is a missionary religion by the last will and 
testament of its Founder, and no tribunal is able to set 
this will aside. Indifiference cannot nol pros it; nor per- 
verse ingenuity misconstrue it. 

North Carolina has a homogeneous people. It is the 
most American of all the States. This fact that we are 
among our kindred should make our endeavors easier. The 
Apostle Paul said, ''For I could wish myself accursed for 
Christ, for my brethren, m}^ kinsman according to the 
flesh." 

Our Baptist statesmen eighty-five years ago, while the}^ 
had caught a vision, did not comprehend the magnitude of 
the movement when they organized a State-wide effort for 
the Kingdom. At that time we were but 15,000 strong and 
now we are nearly 260,000. A history of this period would 
read like a romance. It seems incredible, though true, that 
so many of our strongest churches were once fostered by 
the Mission Board. It is likewise true that much of our 
Foreign Mission strength should be credited to State Mis- 
sion efforts at an early period. 

Our task is far from complete. God's blessings upon 
our endeavors in the past inspires us to undertake greater 
things. We are not without a field. More than one-half 
of the people of the State are not nominal Christians. The 
moving of many of our people from the country to the city 
has weakened the country churches, and here is a new prob- 



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lem that is crying for solution. Many of the great num- 
bers already brought to the Savior, need training for a fuller 
duty in the Kingdom. 

We have not failed, though v^e have not done our full 
duty. Failure can only be seen by comparing what we have 
done with what we ought to have done. Our churches are 
increasing their gifts annually for State Missions, and the 
field of our activities is broadening. As we perform one 
task, another appears, and this will continue until we shall 
possess the entire land. 

Last year the Baptists of the State contributed $50,768.18 
for State Missions. Our Association received $1,500.00 of 
this, and contributed $1,458.70. Every church in the Asso- 
ciation contributed except one, which came into our Asso- 
ciation at our last session. Increased liberality on our part, 
so that we may be an asset rather than a liability is urged. 

As a partial result of the work last year 379 churches 
and mission stations were aided by the Board, 2,726 people 
were converted, and 2,469 were received into the fellowship 
of our churches. About $5,000 was spent in church build- 
ings at startegic points. 

This year $55,000 is the basis upon which we are work- 
ing. A large per cent, of this is yet to be secured. Some 
plan of systematic giving whereby interest on borrowed 
money might be saved ; and our Secretary relieved from the 
indescribable strain of agony of the last few weeks of the 
year, would truly be a channel of blessing. Let each one of 
us feel that the duty is ours, and do our best for the glory 
of our common Lord. 

Respectfully submitted, 

G. V. TILLEY. 

HOME MISSIONS. 

The report was read by R. D. Cross and discussed by 
him. On motion, it was adopted. The report was as fol- 
lows : 

I. Field of Operation. — This subject might more prop- 
erly be called Southern Baptist Missions, for the term is 
misleading to two-thirds of the people ; and because it means 
almost exclusively mission work done in the bounds of the 



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Southern Baptist Convention. This was pioneer work 
before there were Staie organizations to care for the work, 
but now largely supplementray work, where the States are 
not strong enough to care for it. 

The Home Mission Board has been in operation since 
the organization of the Southern Baptist Convention in 
1845 ; first because there are now nearly three times as many 
tmevangelized people as there were then. Then there were 
eight millions in the South, two million children and one 
and a half million church members, leaving only four and a 
half of unevangelized people; but now there are 30 mil- 
lions, seven and a half millions of children, twenty-two and 
one-half million old enough to be saved ; and of these in all 
there are eleven million church members, leaving eleven and 
a half million of unevangelized people. 

And, second, it is important because this Board can bring 
together the supply and the need as no other agency can do. 
All ihe States have organizations, and are doing much, but 
in some cases the needs are so great and varied that they 
must call for help. 

II. Special Divisions of the Work. — 

1. The Immigrants or Foreigners. — While there are not 
so many of these in the South as in the North, there are 
from four to five million, as many as there are Baptists, 
and there will be millions more. 

2. The Mountains. — Here in these high lands are three 
millions of the purest blooded Anglo-Saxons to be found 
anywhere. They are well evangelized and largely Baptists ; 
but the need for training is great. 

3. The Industrial Section. — The Souih has largely 
changed to an industrial section, and in places the need has 
become so great that assistance is called for from other 
States. 

4. Cities. — These are centers of influence for good or 
evil. In such places as Baltimore, Washington, St. Louis 
and New Orleans the need is great and is destined to be 
greater. 

5. Negroes. — There are ten millions of these, largely 
Baptists; but they need help to train their leaders. W^e 
have forty workers among them, to prepare their leaders; 
and are to aid them in preparing a Theological Seminary. 



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6. The Southwest, — This is the territory west of the 
Mississippi River, in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas 
and New Mexico, where the needs and possibilities are 
great. 

7. The Indians. — There are a few thousand yet in Okla- 
homa, many of whom are being led in the ''J^sus Road." 

8. Cuba, Our Southern Doorstep. — Here we began the 
work and are doing our best in the four of the six provinces. 

III. General Departments, such as cover the v^^hole field. 

1. Church Building. — There are three thousand 
churches in the South without houses of worship and many 
that have inadequate ones for efficient service. The Home 
Board is raising a million dollar fund to be loaned in erect- 
ing houses. 

2. The Evang-elistic Work. — We have more than twen- 
ty preachers and singers that are doing much to give us a 
sane evangelism. The results have been very gratifying. 

2. Enlistment Work. — Our greatest need is efficiency, 
for now only a small per cent, of our people do anything 
for world-wide salvation. This Board is co-operating with 
many of the States in the enlistment work. 

IV. Recommendations. 

1. That a definite amount be undertaken, and that this 
be apportioned and asked of the churches. 

2. That all proper means of information be used, such 
as special sermons, Home Field, tracts and books. 

R. D. CROSS. 

WOMAN'S WORK. 

The report was read by Mrs. J. D. Withers, the Vice 
President of the The Woman's Work in Our Association. 
The report was discussed by Mrs. C. E. Mason, Mrs. T. S. 
Franklin, and Rev. R. D. Carroll. On motion, the report 
was adopted which reads as follows : 

Acknowledging the many blessings of the past year, rea- 
lizing the greater responsibility resting upon us for the 
future, and thanking Almighty God for the reign of peace 
m our beloved country, we pray that we may meet the 
Christian privilege of doing all in our power to advance the 



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Kingdom of Christ on earth. It is a great privilege to have 
the honor of bringing you the news of the Woman's Work 
of the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus Association. 

During the year there has been much interest and en- 
thusiasm manifested throughout the Association. There 
has been a gaining of and falling off of societies. Our socie- 
ties report more regularly than ever before. In September, 
1914, our Semi-Annual Meeting was held with the Cor- 
nelius Church. There was a large delegation in attendance. 
In March, 1915, our Annual Associational Meeting was 
held with the First Church, Charlotte with the largest dele- 
gation of any previous meeting. 

We have fourteen churches with organizations and thir- 
ty-four societies reporting regularly. We feel there is much 
to be grateful for. The Junior work has not advanced as 
rapidly as we would like. There should be a Junior Society 
in every church where there is a Woman's Missionary 
Society. 

I have written seventy letters and twenty-two postals. 
I send out report blanks and some literature every quarter. 
The amount reported, is $2,375.87. Our financial aim for 
1915-16 is $2,790.49. 

I feel that I cannot close without mentioning that there 
has been an undercurrent of sadness throughout the Asso- 
ciation on account of the illness and death of our beloved 
Miss Heck. Surely it is the time- of all times for the Bap- 
tist women of the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus Association and 
North Carolina to unite with quickened loyalty and deep- 
ened consecration to make the work of the new year a gift 
of love worthy of our King. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MRS. J. D. WITHERS. 

The following brethren were recognized by our Moder- 
ator : Rev. C. J. Black, Rev. E. C. Snider, R. M. Hagler and 
J. W. Bivins, all of Wingate, N. C. 

On motion, the Association adjourned one hour for din- 
ner. 



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After the noon hour, we reassembled and, after the 
devotional service, took up the programme for the after- 
noon. ' 

At this time Dr. L. Johnson made a statement as to the 
percentage of the money raised for State Missions which 
is used for expense and the percentage that reaches the 
missionary on the field It takes only six per cent, for ex- 
pense. Therefore ninety-four cents of every dollar put into 
the State Mission work goes directly to the missionary on 
the firing line. 

The Committee on Credentials made their final report : 

We, your committee, have read with pleasure the letter 
of Miami Church and after consulting v/ith the delegates as 
to their plans and aims as to future work, do most heartily 
and unanimously recommend her reception. 
Respectfully submitted, 

S. J. BEEKER, 
J. A. DURHAM, 
J. W. SNYDER, 

Committee. 

On motion, the report was adopted and our Moderator 
extended to the delegates the right hand of fellowship. 

EDUCATION. 

The report on General Education was read by Dr. W. 
M. Vines. It was discussed by Dr. R. T. Vann and Dr. W. 
M. Vines. On motion, the report was adopted. The; report 
is as follows : 

"The aim of all true education," in the language of Dr. 
Van Dyke, ''is no vain and nebulous thing. It has four defi- 
nite marks : the power to see clearly, the power to imagine 
vividly, the power to think independently and the power to 
will nobly. The final result of true education is not a selfish 
scholar, nor a scornful critic of the universe, but an intelli- 
gent and faithful citizen who is determined to put all his 
powers at the service of his country and mankind." Relig- 
ion and Education have gone hand in hand through all ages. 



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Religion without education is superstition and fanaticism. 
Education without religion is scepticism and infidelity, 
Christianity has for the most par: given to the world its 
schools and colleges and universities. Christendom is in a 
large measure the emporium of the world's learning and the 
harbinger of universal education. The record of our own 
great denomination in reference to this question is one of 
which we are justly proud. Baptist educational institutions 
in the United States alone, not to speak of England or 
Canada and the continent of Europe, or of our school sys- 
tem in many mission fields, number twelve theological sem- 
inaries, 100 universities and colleges and 95 academies which 
have an endowment of between forty and fifty millions and 
about the same amount in real estate and buildings. 

Baptists should be vitally concerned in the cause of edu- 
cation for several reasons. Christian patriotism should 
compel us to stress the education of our people. ''Roger Wil- 
liams," says Bancroft, "was the first in modern Christen- 
dom to assert in its plenitude the doctrine of the liberty of 
conscience, the equality of opinions before the law." Our 
historic position and recognized contribution to American 
civilization as a matter of consistency requires us to sup- 
port our public and high schools and the universal educa- 
tion of all the people in every possible way. A democracy 
cannot exist unless the citizens comprising it are enlight- 
ened. "Knowledge is power" and this may be for good or 
evil. "Your ignorant thief may rob a freight car but your 
educated thief will go and steal the whole railroad." Chris- 
tian education is essential to the perpetuity of the Ameri- 
can Republic. Our emphasis on individuality and democ- 
racy renders it imperative that we should emphasize the 
im.portance of the training and development, of our children 
and of our membership. That is a fine thought suggested 
by Eucken, "We begin as individuals nestling within the 
narrow circles of our petty egoistic interests ; we are called 
to end as personalties and co-workers with God." An uned- 
ucated membership is a menace to growth and prosperity 
and will cause our denomination to lag and suffer inevita- 
ble defeat in the march of progress. Efficiency in service 
and usefulness in life demand that we give much attention 
to this great cause. The last edition of "Who's Who in 



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America" contains 17,546 names of those who are leaders in 
the various departments of activity in this country. Of 
this number 71 per cent, are college men and 18 per cent at- 
tended high school, while only 10 per cent, are to be found 
among the uneducated or in the common school class. 
There is a very close relation between culture and leader- 
ship. It is estimated that one person in every 1,500 in the 
United States is a college graduate. Ye: it is a fact that 
over 50 per cent, of the leading representatives of our gov- 
ernment — Congressmen, Senators, Supreme Court Judges 
and Presidents — are drawn from this mere handful of citi- 
zens. If we .urn to the professions, the facts are still more 
striking. More than 70 per cent of the leading clergymen, 
lawyers, physicians and authors are college graduates. 
Upon the dome of the House of Representatives in Boston 
appear the names of 53 of Massachusetts' '^Immortals." 
For.y of them are college men. The greatest battles of 
history, the battles that have changed the course of civiliz- 
ation, have been fought upon the field of the intellect and 
the weapons that have decided those battles have been the 
science of clear, orderly and intense thought and the are 
of forceful expression. To maintain a position of leader- 
ship in national life as well as indivdual usefulness require 
that we give attention to culture and scholarship. 

Loyalty to our denominational institutions requires us 
to support Wake Forest and Meredith Colleges and other 
schools of learning under the patronage of our denomina- 
tion. The denominational college must be sustained if we 
keep pace with other denominations and especially in view 
of the improved equipment of secular and State schools. 
Here we are confronted by a serious situation demanding 
our profoundest concern and appealing to our deepest con- 
victions as Christians and as Baptists. Eight of the nine 
justices of the Supreme Court of the United States are col- 
lege men ; seven of the eight are from the denominational 
colleges. Eighteen out of the 26 Presidents of the United 
States were college men ; sixteen of the eighteen were from 
denominational colleges. Of the members of Congress in 
1905 receiving college education who were prominent enougli 
to be mentioned in Who's Who, two-thirds were graduates 
of denominational collgeges. To sustain our own splendid 



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institutions in view of the keen competition of other schools 
is a call to our loyalty and consistency. 

Our self-preservation as a denomination requires the 
patronage and encouragement of our own excellent schools. 
Secular education is challenging the very existence and sup- 
port of our colleges. In an address recently before a relig- 
ious body, Vice President Marshall is reported as .saying 
that one of the weak points and danger points in our Amer- 
ican life today "is that there is too much science in the so- 
called educational system, and too little God Almighty." 
He is reported as saying further that because Church and 
State are separated and the State is looking after the schools 
that the Church, therefore, feels itself absolved from any 
duty in the direction of the education of our youth. Mr. 
Marshall declares, according to the report, that ''the State 
is permitted to mold the children from the age of six up 
through the time they are going through college, where 
many of the professors are agnostics and atheists." "The 
church is beginning to see,'' he declared, "that it has turned 
over too many tasks and functions to the State." The most 
serious question in the religious life of our country is the 
trend away from denominational ahd Christian education. 
Our ministry comes almost entirely from Christian colleges. 
Eighty-six per cent, of our graduates from Baptist semin- 
aries in 1912 were from Christian colleges. Through a 
period of five years 93 per cent, of the preachers came from 
Christian schools. If we are to have an educated ministry 
our denominational schools must be maintained. Let us 
rally as never before to our own Baptists institutions of 
learning. 

The election of Dr. Vann as Educational Secretary for 
North Carolina is an event which marks a distinct epoch 
in the education as progress of our denomination in the 
vState. He should receive our hearty support and we should 
put the cause of denominational education in our church 
budget and see to it that our churches make a substantial 
contribution to this most worthy enterprise of our State 
Convention. To this end we recommend that the churches 
of this Association pledge the sum of $1,000 to be paid dur- 
ing the current year to the Educational Board, the same to 
be apportioned among the churches by. the Executive 
Board. 



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MINISTERIAL EDUCATIOR , 

The report on Ministerial Education was read and dis- 
cussed by F. A, Lyles. On motion, it was adopted. It reads 
as follows: 

"How beautiful upon the mountain are the feet of Him 
that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that 
bringeth good tidings of joy, that publisheth salvation; that 
saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth." 

Ministerial Education holds a large place among North 
Carolina Baptists. Wake Forest College was founded pri- 
marily for the purpose of educating young ministers. The 
preacher is the key-man in the Kingdom of God. In him 
centers the imperial forces which wisely used will dyna- 
mite and submarine the satanic powers, and will usher in 
the glorious kingdom of righteousness among the sons of 
men. 

Well has another said, "The preacher is charged with a 
sacred debtorship to all men, intrusted with a holy trustee- 
ship — the mysteries of Christ's redeeming gospel, and has 
committed to h